an editor's view

Writing fairly but fearlessly can change lives

Here's a startling new reality for the 21st century: Anyone can be a journalist. It's never been easier to distribute facts and ideas far and wide. All the new and inexpensive technologies, such as the Web, computer publishing, and local community radio, provide almost anyone with a super-sized soapbox to express news and views, whether it's in the neighborhood, in Nigeria, or on the Net.

The question is, though, exactly what is news? And how should it be expressed?

September 10, 2001

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