Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Speaking about Alternative Press

Alternative press is one of the two topics I chose to cover. David Pasztor, managing editor for Texas Observer, and John Dougherty, freelance investigative reporter for New York Times, will speak at this forum Sunday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

After being expelled from the University Missouri-Columbia, Pasztor's career in journalism has flourished through papers based in Kansas City, Dallas and Phoenix. Numerous publications interviewed Pasztor in regards to Molly Ivins' death in January, who was also an editor for the Texas Observer.

What rightfully catches my eye about his writing are the clever story titles, such as Spanking a Freshman and Low-Hanging Fruit. A knack for attention-getting titles is something I strive for as a journalist, so it will be 'fruitful' to pick up a few of his tips. Also, Pasztor being expelled in college is a mystery to the internet. My curiosity takes precedence, so this is an ideal question to ask him.

Being a veteran to the Phoenix New Times as an investigative reporter, John Dougherty won the 2006 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for his series
"Polygamy in Arizona."
These days he is a freelance investigative reporter in Tempe who submits to the New York Times. He has recent work about confined fundamentalist Mormon groups in Arizona and the Keating Five.

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