Friday, February 9, 2007

Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Welcome to NewsHacker. Everyone is welcome to to participate in building this discussion, which I consider one of the most important and least understood public democracy issues.

It seems that the American public pays little attention to where their news comes from and whether the reporter or organization has an unspoken agenda. I want to change that. I want Americans, and people everywhere, to be more attentive and attuned to the motives of our news providers.

American news outlets, whether TV or radio or newspapers, shape public perceptions of the health and fairness of our society, and the effectiveness of our government representatives and their policies, by selecting the stories they will cover. If news breaks they would rather not cover, they minimize coverage, adopt a disapproving tone and ask skeptical questions.

If more Americans would think like "citizen journalists" and blog about their questions, the better the information available to society would be.

Welcome, and please share your views and concerns.

/Dick Jones
newshacker@pia.net

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