Hero worship and community journalism

Being a journalist at a big city, metro daily newspaper must come with incredible challenges, no doubt about it. For years – decades, really – big city papers covering national and metro news have had to compete with the Internet and, eventually, social media, not to mention the 24-hour cable news cycle. But being a community journalist at a newspaper in a smaller city or small town comes with its own challenges, its own ethical dilemmas.

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Dealing with the media for the first time? A few tips

I’ve been a professional journalist for the past 16 years, and I can tell when I’m dealing with someone who doesn’t deal with the news media on a regular basis. If you’re a new elected official or entering the world of local government for the first time, I have a few tips on dealing with your local newspaper, news website, radio station or other media outlet.

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