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August 31, 2007


Kim Hartman

Mark, tremendous post. It seems that newspeople still haven't caught on to the fact that journalism can be objective without being dry, cold and bland.

Content reforms--such as the serial narrative and reporting that tackles issues and people rather than just fact-gathering--need to thrive. And God for bid if a writer shows even a twinge of compassion in what they report on, which readers usually like.

Unfortunately, story quality often times gets shafted in favor of story volume alone--don't they know they can combine them with a little planning?

Anyhow, great stuff. Every editor in America should be reading your blog.

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