Wednesday, July 18, 2007

$50K Prize for 'Preventative Journalism'

Here's some out-of-the-box thinking: a new category called "preventative journalism." It's meant to ring warning bells and raise awareness before the shit truly hits the fan. The $50,000 prize can be an incentive to break out of the recent media reluctance to pursue "unpatriotic" leads and risk losing access to powerful sources.
Now newspaper or magazine reporters are being asked to be alert, report responsibly, and not wait for well-placed leaks. Informed articles can head off a potential crisis. Charlie Peters, the founder of the prize, explained:

preventative reporting identifies inept leaders, wrong-headed policies and bureaucratic bungling before they lead to disasters like the bad intelligence about WMDs and the travesty that was the response to Katrina.
He hopes to stop "cycles of tragic futility". Go for it, particularly if you are a Dow Jones/Murdoch minion.

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