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<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

Small town papers win fans with focus on community

These are tough times for America's newspapers, which face growing competition from the internet and other electronic media. A new report issued yesterday found that circulation has declined yet again, down by more than three percent at some big-city papers. But in this age of blogs and 24/7 news, one part of the newspaper business seems to be thriving. Small newspapers that offer "hyper-local" content -- everything from baby pictures to neighborhood politics -- are managing to hold their audience. In some towns here in the North Country and around the country, mom-and-pop papers are actually expanding circulation. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Rural journalists look for small town future

Over the weekend, journalists from all over the U.S. gathered in Kentucky to talk about the future of small-town America. The Rural Journalism Summit was an effort to identify and raise awareness of the big issues facing small communities. Todd Moe spoke with NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, who spoke at the summit.  Go to full article
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source:  FOD)
TJ Volchek conducts an interview (Source: FOD)

Adirondack teens talk democracy

Last Tuesday, kids across the U.S. were talking with Americans about the importance of voting. The national project was organized by journalist and writer Sue Halpern, who spends much of year in Johnsburg, in the central Adirondacks. Halpern says it was a chance for students to hear from people who see voting as a duty and a crucial part of their lives. But as Brian Mann reports, their idealism played out this year against one of the nastiest and most controversial campaigns on record.  Go to full article

Crash course in combat photography in Iraq

Photojournalist Bill Putnam was in the Army when he met David Sommerstein in Kosovo in 2002. He's been living in the heart of the chaotic, violent world of Baghdad for two years - one year as a soldier, another as a freelancer stringing for Time magazine and ZUMA Photo Agency. He's back home in Portland, Oregon now. Putnam spoke with David Sommerstein about war-time photojournalism.  Go to full article

"Primetime" Story Prompts Ethics Debate

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne says it's too late to file criminal charges against a Vermontville man videotaped while hitting and slapping his 15-year-old daughter. But Champagne says state and local officials are reviewing whether three children still living in the home of Joe and Lynn Nelson are receiving proper care. Last Friday, the ABC news magazine "Primetime" broadcast footage of the Nelson home that included scenes of physical and emotional violence. The footage aired as part of a documentary on stepfamilies struggling with children from separate marriages. The broadcast prompted a public outcry. As Brian Mann reports, it has also triggered a new debate over the ethics of journalism.

A warning: Some of the sounds in this story are violent and disturbing.  Go to full article
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute

Journalism Ethicist Says ABC News Made Sound Decision

For a deeper look at the ethics of journalism, NCPR contacted Kelly McBride, who writes about ethics at the Poynter Institute, one of the top journalism think tanks in America. McBride spoke with Brian Mann about the ethical gray zones that reporters sometimes navigate while pursuing complicated stories. McBride says journalists sometimes serve a greater good by acting as observers rather than active participants.  Go to full article

North Creek Newspaper Sold, Saved From Closing

The North Creek News-Enterprise has been sold to Denton Publications, a regional newspaper chain based in North Creek. The dollar amount of the sale hasn't been disclosed. Brian Mann spoke with publisher Tom Henecker, who has run the paper for more than six years, along with his wife, Katie O'Dell. Henecker says the sale last week saved the News-Enterprise from shutting down.

Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, we'll talk with Dan Alexander, head of Denton Publications in Elizabethtown. His seven newspapers reach from St. Lawrence County all the way to Vermont.  Go to full article

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