Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Are you Superman (or woman)?

Kenneth Paulson, editor of USA Today and, started the panel discussion, “From Superman to Subpoenas: Defending a Free Press,” by showing comics of the famous superhero.

Paulson knew that he couldn't be Superman, so he chose heroism through journalism. Paulson asked some editors to stand up and complete this sentence: “I got into the newspaper business because…”

Glenn Proctor, executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, said he chose journalism because, at that time, no one looked like him. Another editor said she wanted to shed light into some dark corners of the world.

At a time when reporters are being threatened with jail time and public trust of the media is eroding, Paulson said we need to remind ourselves why we chose to be here in the first place.

So why are you here? Add a comment below.

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