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Verlyn Klinkenborg taught a seminar at Paul Smiths College over the weekend
Verlyn Klinkenborg taught a seminar at Paul Smiths College over the weekend

The Rural Life: A conversation with the New York Times' Verlyn Klinkenborg

When it comes to writing and thinking about rural America, no one is more influential than Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg runs a small farm in Columbia County, New York, and sits on the editorial board of the New York Times.

His "Rural Life" column may be the mostly widely read chronicle of small-town and farm culture in the country.

Klinkenborg was in the North Country over the weekend for a writing conference hosted by Paul Smiths College and the Adirondack Center for Writing.

He sat down on the shore of Upper St. Regis Lake and spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Sarah Minor, happy to have a cubicle she can call her own.
Sarah Minor, happy to have a cubicle she can call her own.

Story 2.0 - a journalism student finds a job after a long search

A Story 2.0 today, where we follow-up with people we've reported on in the past. Last year as a part of our Year of Hard Choices series, we met Sarah Minor, a photojournalism graduate from Syracuse University. She was living with her parents in St. Lawrence County while looking for a job. It was 2008 and 2009, the depth of the Recession, and newspapers were laying off reporters and photographers in droves. She moved to Chicago and got a part-time job with Suburban Life. The company owns 14 weekly papers in the area. She adapts print stories for the website, researching sidebar topics and adding links to stories. And she gets to do the occasional photo shoot. Last week, Sarah was hired full-time. She spoke with David Sommerstein during one of her first morning commutes as a full-time worker.  Go to full article
Mark Mahoney (Source: Post-Star)
Mark Mahoney (Source: Post-Star)

Mark Mahoney, Post-Star editorial writer, wins Pulitzer

One of the North Country's daily newspapers was honored yesterday with a Pulitzer Prize, the most coveted award in journalism. Editorial page editor Mark Mahoney, with the Glens Falls Post-Star, was recognized for his work trying to bring more openness to local governments in the region. Brian Mann caught up with Mahoney yesterday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article

A Year of Hard Choices: Graduating into a receding industry

It's hard for anyone to find a job in today's economy. Recent college graduates with little real-world experience are finding it especially tough. And then there's people like Sarah Minor. Sarah graduated from Syracuse University last summer with a degree in photojournalism. She wants to get a job at a newspaper at a time when that industry is in freefall. Sarah's living with her parents outside Canton while she searches. She produced this audio diary for our series, The Year of Hard Choices.  Go to full article
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)

Jack Laduke, veteran TV newsman, retires

One of the most visible faces in the North Country is retiring this month. Veteran newsman Jack LaDuke, a reporter for WCAX-TV in Plattsburgh, will end a career that put him on the front lines of North Country history for six decades. LaDuke, who grew up in the North Country, is seventy-four years old. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about a life in newspapers and television.  Go to full article
Yankees fans chat it up with Pete Abraham of the Journal News.
Yankees fans chat it up with Pete Abraham of the Journal News.

Yankees bloggers meet down on the farm

For hardcore baseball fans, life has never been better. Gone are the days of waiting for the morning paper for yesterday's box score. You can follow games in real time online. And baseball bloggers cover the minute details of every team. More than two dozen bloggers follow the New York Yankees, but one has separated himself from the pack. A beat writer for a Westchester County newspaper has such loyal readers on his blog that they got together in real life to watch a baseball game...a minor league game at that. David Sommerstein, a Yankees fan and blog reader himself, met up with the group.  Go to full article

Covering the war in Iraq back home

One of the country's top journalism think tanks, The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, gathered journalists from across the country together last week to talk about news media coverage of the impact of the War in Iraq - on the homefront. It's important for journalists to "get it right" - to report fairly and accurately in our hometowns. The war remains one of the dominant events of our times, but over time, the "story" has changed. That's part of the challenge that was at the focus of the seminar. Brian Mann was one of the participating journalists. He spoke with Martha Foley as he waited for his flight home.  Go to full article
<i>New York Times</i> journalist Adam Liptak. Source: <i>NY Times</i>
New York Times journalist Adam Liptak. Source: NY Times

North Country prisons part of the "American Exception"

Prisons are a significant part of the economy and of the cultural fabric of the North Country. Some families have been working as corrections officers for three generations. Some communities are known as prison towns. And in other parts of New York, our region is sometimes called "Little Siberia" because of its network of state and federal prisons. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak says those prisons are worth a second look. In a new series of articles called "The American Exception," he raises challenging questions about our society's prison policies. Liptak spoke about his reporting in-depth with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO:  ABC News)
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO: ABC News)

Controversial ABC documentary filmed in Vermontville sparks lawsuit

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported Thursday morning that a Lake Placid woman is suing ABC News, the Walt Disney Corporation, and news anchor Diane Sawyer. In her suit, Kyle Nelson claims that the network should have alerted authorities to abuse that they captured on film in her Vermontville home five years ago. The physical abuse was recorded while ABC was working on a documentary for the program "Primetime." The show's producers never contacted the police or social welfare agencies. Brian Mann's story first aired in 2006. The Plattsburgh Press- Republican is reporting that Kyle Nelson, now age 20, has declined to discuss her lawsuit against ABC with the media.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh <i>Press-Republican</i> editor Bob Grady (Source: P-R)
Plattsburgh Press-Republican editor Bob Grady (Source: P-R)

Paper urges McHugh to address Iraq War

Tonight in Plattsburgh, Congressman John McHugh will meet with constituents to talk about the war in Iraq. The session was scheduled at the request of the editorial board of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Brian Mann checked in with editor Bob Grady, who says the paper pressed for a forum on the war at the request of readers. Tonight's mobile office session with Congressman John McHugh will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The location is the PARC facility at 130 Arizona Ave. Brian Mann will have a report on the meeting tomorrow during the 8 O'Clock Hour.  Go to full article

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