"District spokesperson Teresa Wippel said the event was for media organizations that "provide unbiased coverage and subscribe to journalistic ethics." By that, she means "the types of practices outlined in the Code of Ethics from the Society for Professional Journalists," Wippel said. "It is our opinion that Ms. Westbrook’s blog does not fit into that category."
How do I get a subscription to journalistic ethics? I looked at the Code and I think I do most every thing there. I particularly like:
- Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
- Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
Wippel said. "Westbrook has lots of different ways to ask questions to the board."
Ah but I wasn't there to question the Board but to talk to the assembled group, specifically the Superintendent.
What I liked the most were these comments (the first from the Slog and the second from Publicola):
"I get that Melissa can be a bit much. Not every interaction I have had with her I have positive memories of. However, who the hell else actually covers Seattle Schools in the way that she does? While she most definitely presents opinion, she also presents facts that she bases that opinion off of." Michael P (who I do not recognize)
I dig the paranoid retro Nixon White House vibe coming out of SPS. I'd love to see the full Enemies List who are not to be allowed to ask questions or rabble-rouse. There's a semi-regular band of crazies who speak at board meetings who aren't much of a threat to them, but they seem to be much more vigilant in countering those with substantive, informed questions. From Newguy.
I did write to the head of Communications, Bridgett Chandler, and I requested a copy of the district and/or Board policy on media access. I looked at the website and couldn't find any policies but they could exist. I cc'd the Board.
We live in interesting times.