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‘Columbia Journalism Review’ profiles ‘First Arkansas News’

By: 27 October 2011 One Comment

A few months ago, Tyler Jones of the Columbian Journalism Review got in touch with me about a profile for the organization’s News Frontier Database.

Jones said he believed it appropriate to include a profile of First Arkansas News in the aforementioned database due to some of the stories and features he observed on the site. Over the next few months, we had a couple of phone conversations, sent emails back and forth as I attempted to answer whatever questions he might have. It is, after all, an honor to be profiled in a publication put out by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism — a school that is the direct result of a grant from none other than Joseph Pulitzer, who thought it might be a good idea to set up the world’s first school of journalism.

The profile was posted and you’ll find it here. Jones clearly did some research and wrote a piece that is more than a bit flattering. More importantly, it reminded me of why I started this site back in April 2010 and that I’ve failed to focus adequately on the site’s original mission.

What is that mission? Simply put, to irreverently kick over rocks and brazenly report on what crawls out from under them. We’ve done some great things with this site over the past 1.5 years but I’ve not spent enough time digging out those stories that inform the public and make some people uncomfortable.

It’s time to get back to more of those stories. Sure, we’ll keep running those feature stories and entertainment pieces that are fun and informative, but articles that fall in the “investigative journalism” category have become increasingly uncommon around here. It’s time to correct that imbalance and time to thank Jones for reminding me of why this site was started and what we ought to be doing with it. Stay tuned…

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

One Comment »

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Ethan C. Nobles, you rogue journalist you, congratulations on this recognition!

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