Paul Anger, editor and VP of The Detroit Free Press, is receiving the Brechner Freedom of Information Award for the reporting that helped lead to Detroit Mayor Kwane Kilpatrick being ousted for lying under oath about firing three police officers.
Anger provided these observations from this reporting experience:
– The public wants to read news. having the reading done online is OK.
– Media must be able to protect sources.
– Media must be ethical. A diverse team “prosecuted” the story, meaning that they reviewed all aspects of the story.
– Use of technology to provide better coverage including mobile reporting, video, Facebook and Twitter.
Blogging from the awards ceremony