US Newspapers, 1690-2011

From The Society Pages:

This visualization of the rise and fall of newspapers in America is interactive and not to be missed.Click over to the interactive visualization (or open it in a new window) and then come back and read commentary. The folks at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West have used Library of Congress records to create what they say, “would be fairer to call a “database” visualization than an omniscient creator’s-eye view of the growth of American newspapers”.

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Hard to Believe That These Standards Apply

Maybe they once did, a long time ago…

The Journalists Creed:

The Journalist’s Creed was written by the first dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, Walter Williams. One century later, his declaration remains one of the clearest statements of the principles, values and standards of journalists throughout the world.

Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics—the preamble:

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

Read the details at the links…and check this out: “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth... The true believer is Jill Abrahamson, the new executive editor of the New York Times.”

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Not My Problem

Secret Fears of the Super-Rich, from The Atlantic. It’s the comments that enlighten the article’s content—from pure contempt, a “spit-roasted rat,” anger, and sarcasm to compliments on a well-written article.

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The Abby Sunderland Story

I remember reading Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in my youth; then years later I read Dove, the story of 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham’s solo around-the-world voyage in 1965. And in 2010, at my advanced age, I followed the escapades of Abby Sunderland who has written a book about her sea-going adventure and the rogue wave that flipped her boat in Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle on the High Seas. There is also a documentary DVD called, Wild Eyes—The Abby Sunderland Story available on her website.

The Los Angeles Times gives the details.

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