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September 11, 2014
All the News Fit to Discover – What Reporter Can?
 
You have to wonder about the information climate in the U.S. when you read this account of a week in the life of a Newsweek reporter who was swamped by PR news releases. Who would have time to do any real digging or reporting trying to keep up with a daily flow of press releases, if reporters, in fact, do try? This may be a root, largely unacknowledged problem, for the Republic. No, really, how do we get attention on what most needs to be known – the function of a free, enterprising, yet PR-swamped, press?

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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