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The editor’s notes about the process of news reporting

LION conference 2017

A LION, and didn’t even know it

While Free Press is steadily gaining the editorial credibility we envisioned, the business side of this publication has suffered. That’s because I have far...

Local community relationships more important than clicks

One of the ways news has been hollowed out is that much of what we read is not connected to much of anything that is real in our daily lives. Free Press does things differently.
Police Presser

Here I am

I've done quite a few things in my life so far. And those experiences with unique people have made me who I am. They...
Marshall Gregory Award with Alicia Priest

Why the award matters

I haven’t been a journalist for my entire adult life. And so, it was with surprise and gratitude that I received my first journalism award...
At Temple B'nai Israel Synagogue

We will report religious aspects of a story

Some were surprised that FP had a story about Ralph Shortey’s religious background and what it might reveal about his complex struggles. I ran that...
At an Energy FC game

Mission should dictate our business model

I’ve spent this summer intensely exploring what kind of business model would serve the mission of Free Press. It’s been a time of talking with...

You don’t want the news to be a zero sum game

There’s plenty of room for every organization that works to actually gather and deliver the news. Delivering the news is not a zero sum game. No...
At Ralph Shortey's last town hall

Cynicism or Skepticism?

In my reporting, I will choose skepticism rather than cynicism. Cynicism, and its opposite, optimism are philosophies about people. There aren’t many optimists in the reporting...
EMSA paramedic aids suspect

Our photography tells the story, too

Surprisingly, individual non-moving photographs still rule the day in news reporting. And we make sure that we rule with the medium that rules. All the...

Photography is crucial to our reporting

Anyone who has visited this site for longer than five seconds will see how important our photography is for Free Press. It's...