Journalism & Media

Veteran Newspaper Writer Finds Teaching's Hidden Pleasures

 

By WILLIAM DIETRICH

We're midway through an academic quarter at Western Washington University's Planet magazine, and it's time for second-draft panic.

The spring of 2009 is our student environmental magazine's 30th Anniversary, and we've got stories with no point, stories with gaping holes, stories that ignore AP style, stories with no lead, stories that stop instead of end, stories with no pictures, and pictures with no stories.

Unearthing Unpublished Reports to Congress from Federal Agencies: The Birth of a New Journalism Research Technique

Attorney and journalist Michael Ravnitzky offers a strategy for accessing unpublished reports: direct a public records request to agencies of interest for all reports not posted on the agency's website, within a specific time frame and not limited by topic.

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