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Wales, Newmark, Dyson sign up to judge "Sunshine Week" contest opening up Congress

Three prominent Internet entrepeneurs have signed up to judge a Sunshine Week challenge that aims to spotlight the activities of Congress.

The Seattle Times: Newspapers, family ownership and public policy

In this 2006 interview, Frank Blethen and Mike Fancher discuss the Seattle Times on its 110th Anniversary, talking about the joys and challenges of running a locally owned family newspaper. They touch upon the uniqueness of this business model in the modern newspaper industry and the familys commitment to journalistic values and community service.

NPR examines pros-cons of cable-TV ownership in Lawrence, Kan.

National Public Radio has completed a two-part multimedia package on The World Co. in Lawrence, Kan., a three-generation, family-owned media empire which is quite unique in owning both the 20,000-circulation college-town daily as well as the cable-TV franchise. Go directly to the NPR story or read a Giraffe Blog synopsis:

Tami Silicio: The woman who took the coffin photos

In April, 2004, Taimi Silicio galvanized the world's interest in the American casualty rate in Iraq when her photos of coffins loaded onto military transports were published worldwide.

Sinclair fires Washington bureau chief

The AP reported Oct. 18, 2004, that the Washington bureau chief of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Jon Leiberman, said he was fired after he criticized the company's plans to produce a news program based on a documentary critical of John Kerry. The Society of Professional Journalists came to his defense.

Book, website spotlight media innovation for democracy

Spotlighting individuals making innovative use of media to foster participatory democracy and community is the mission of the Media Giraffe Project, hosted by the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and funded by private donations.
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