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Vigil light

The beauty of reporting

I was a high school teacher and an education issues blogger once upon a time. In those days I...
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...

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...
Interviewing Rick Cobb

No dependence on access

I’m embarking on a difficult but exciting process of learning how to retrieve information without depending fully on official access. The Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald...
Bishop McGuinness HS - GO Bond Wkshp

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...
At Gatewood Public Forum

But why is it news?

I read a lot of news. And what I see more often than not is that news tends to fall one of two ways. One way...
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...
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...
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...