It has begun! Tour hits Midwest, Southwest

The Access Across America Part II has begun!

Joey Senat from Oklahoma has talked to groups in Kansas City, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, and I talked to folks in Phoenix and Los Angeles. We have more stops coming up this week in San Francisco, Bellingham, Wash., and trainers in other regions are finalizing their schedules.

Check out a one-minute video Joey put together about the tour, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I05ol53N8DY&list=HL1340470367&feature=mh_lolz

I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the questions and comments from people. Citizens and journalists care about government transparency and improving their document skills!

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  • Tootrue4you

    What about your award to Leland Yee?

  • Carla Kimbrough

    The ethics code forgot the ethical responsibility of telling the story of diversity, even when it’s unpopular. Given the changing demographics of this country, media professionals – still a largely white profession – must address diversity. By 2050, whites won’t be the majority anymore in the U.S., so it would behoove the media to address issues that affect the broader society. Look around the table of those drafting these revisions, does this committee, which is tasked with an enormous job, have any diversity? I hope so. If not, understand that diverse viewpoints make things better.

  • Jillayne Schlicke

    Instead of “should,” which allows for subjective interpretation, why not use the word “shall,” which speaks to choices and action–that’s what ethics is really all about, right?

  • Mike Brown

    I think Seeking Truth touches on this somewhat: “Seek sources whose views are seldom used. Official and unofficial sources can be equally valid.”

    I also agree with you that there is a need for telling the story of diversity. I think you support your idea with why diversity is newsworthy, as well as ethical to do so. I was hoping that the ethics code would also address/recognize citizen journalism for the same reasons.

  • Dan Gainor

    I think it’s a bad idea to remove:

    Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.


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