Geoff Davidian's wedge approach to journalism

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Former daily-newspaper editor and reporter Geoff Davidian was upset when he felt his bank charged fees he hadn't agreed to. So he filed suit and started using the discovery process to learn he wasn't along. Davidian explained his reporting tactic in a Media Giraffe Project interview recorded in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2008. This is not Davidian's first muckraking crusade. In 1998, he founded a small paper called the Putnam Pit in a rural part of Tennessee -- and ended up in a lawsuit with the town followed by Salon.com.  He chronicles his dispute with the bank at his MilwaukeePress.net, where details of the bank suit are searchable.