Posts Tagged “heroes”

Announcement :: Hero Stories

by colleen lynn.

Hero Stories: Honoring Those Who Risked Their Lives to Stop a Pit Bull Mauling
November 22 – Hero Stories, a collection of stories honoring those who have placed their life at risk to save an innocent person or pet under attack by a dangerous pit bull. Those honored include: children, teenagers, mothers, fathers, everyday citizens, city employees and in one instance, a donkey, named Dotty. All told, there are 78 stories in the collection and 99 heroes. The stories unfold across 30 U.S. states and eight countries including: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, England, New Zealand and Wales.

Citizenship :: Bill Moyers

by colleen lynn.

A recent speech delivered by Bill Moyers at the 40th anniversary celebration of Public Citizen:

I began my public journalism the same year you began your public advocacy, in 1971. Our paths often paralleled and sometimes crossed. Over these 40 years journalism for me has been a continuing course in adult education, and I came early on to consider the work you do as part of the curriculum – an open seminar on how government works – and for whom. Your muckraking investigations – into money and politics, corporate behavior, lobbying, regulatory oversight, public health and safety, openness in government, and consumer protection, among others – are models of accuracy and integrity. They drive home to journalists that while it is important to cover the news, it is more important to uncover the news. As one of my mentors said, “News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity.” And when a student asked the journalist and historian Richard Reeves for his definition of “real news”, he answered: “The news you and I need to keep our freedoms.” You keep reminding us how crucial that news is to democracy. And when the watchdogs of the press have fallen silent, your vigilant growls have told us something’s up.