Here is the New England New and Press (NENPA) program pdf for the big weekend starting 11 February. John Christie from the Maine Center Public Interest Reporting is one of my co-panelists, and I am honored.
Having worked for a large daily (Indianapolis Star) and having edited the Cincinnati Edition of the Ohio Call & Post 20 years ago kind of grandfathers me but I still get substantial push back at times, even from Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, who then turned to my friend Seth Daniels, who was publishing my Revere Dan Talbot police murder pool pictures at the Revere Journal. I ran about 40 videos (hosted at YouTube) and legal commentary of that event, and defense counsel were overheard stating "that guy knows his stuff." Well I would hope so, I was a good attorney, all of my clients knew that.
Even from people like the GOP's Ryan Williams and Di Lothrop, who run the New Hampshire and Nashua GOP Communications offices. and I'll be updating this journal entry over the next day or two but for now I'll leave you with a few hints:
1. You shouldn't need a Federal Judge to rule that you are a journalist.
2. You can apparently identify the wrong person in a Defamatory story and still be a journalist.
3. You can ferret out the truth about eMusic CEO Adam Klein being a felon who hates paying child support and duly criticize him and still be a journalist.
4. If you are the Union Leader you can totally plagiarize a blogger, and you can form arguably racist opinions about Civil Rights activists being criminals, only to be proved wrong and quietly remove the offending editorial from the Internet, only to see it reposted by a diligent Civil Rights activist and professional journalist.