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No advertising?

That’s right. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. We have no display-type advertising on Free Press. It's because the story and you are the most...
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Out of these experiences, here I am

Some might wonder if this venture is my reaction to one or all my former clients when I was an independent (or, freelance) reporter. It’s...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
Jenna Bendure and Brett Dickerson bring it

We have options, so bring it!

I can't think of any better way to start an argument among my tech friends than to just say the term "net neutrality." Many of...
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...
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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...

Net neutrality matters to all of us

I fear that for some "net neutrality" may seem too much like an esoteric term that only "techies" are interested in. But from the standpoint...

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