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October 29, 2007
Joshua Breitbart is policy director for People's Production House.

Objective standards for journalism (draft)

This was part of news reporting with opinion? Plan Mexico edition but didn't fit. It should be its own Idealab post.

As suggested in Toronto at the "can a journalist have a blog" discussion, we need (dare I say it) objective standards for journalism that have nothing to do with who the reporter is, what they think about progress, or where they ate dinner last night.

How Related Content can help reporting with opinion fulfill the role of news-- and help opinion supplement news

This was taken out of this poste on reporting with opinion even though it fit very well with the topic-- it just broke the flow.

follow-up to localism hearing (draft)

Now that the entirety of every article is put straight to the front page on the Idealab blog, I feel (slightly) self-conscious about posting (some of) my ramblings directly there. So, here's one waiting in the wings for its makeup and last-minute memorization of lines.

Follow-up to DC Media Localism hearing:

Establishment vs Authentic Journalism on the Mexican Flood (draft)

Mexicans Appalled by Scenes From Flooded State

Published: November 4, 2007
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 3 — Mexicans were gripped Saturday by images of dramatic rescues from flooding in the southeastern state of Tabasco, where much of the state capital, Villahermosa, was underwater and the governor said that thousands of people waited on their rooftops for help to arrive.

Can a journalist have a blog?

(This, for me, was the Alice-in-Wonderland session at the Online News Association conference. The question no one asked, which might have put an end to the foolishness of a roomfull of professional reporters discussing if they had a right to voice their opinions: if a journalist takes a public position on free speech issues (as they were doing at that moment), can he or she write about speech?)

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