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California Watch editorial director Mark Katches and NPR's Dina Temple-Raston share tips on how to pitch a story to an editor. Katches is more inclined to take a story that is already partially developed, and Temple-Raston agrees that advanced work can "guilt" an editor into accepting it. "You've already done so much work that the editor feels kind of bad if he doesn't give it a good hearing," she says.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of Necessary Secrets, and The Guardian's Nick Davies debate the severity of accused WikiLeaks collaborator Pfc. Bradley Manning's actions and the political nature of his treatment by the U.S. government.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright gives an insider account of his groundbreaking expose on the Church of Scientology. He discusses the precautions he took while writing about the notoriously litigious organization, explaining that at one point there were five fact checkers working on the piece.
Richard Tofel of ProPublica, discusses the market failure in sustaining journalism in America. Tofel discusses the future of nonprofit journalism and its dependence on philanthropic support. "Certain kinds of journalism are public goods, they're going to need to be funded as public goods," argues Tofel.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright weighs in on what the United States should do with Osama bin Laden should he ever be caught. Wright suggests having the al-Qaeda leader tried globally and then sentenced by Sharia law.
Matt McAlister, director of digital strategy at The Guardian, discusses a unique strategy the newspaper devised to find the most interesting stories among thousands of pages of documents. He explains that by turning the hunt for stories into a game, editors not only sorted through the data faster, but promoted reader engagement as well.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and New York Times executive editor Bill Keller debate Assange's remark that the United States press cares little about events that happen outside its borders. "The U.S. press is interested in the United States, it is not interested in what happens outside the United States," says Assange. "It is a goldfish bowl of constant self-referral and self-reporting."
Julian Assange tells his side of the breakdown between WikiLeaks and The New York Times in releasing the "Afghan Diaries," which Assange says the NYT backed out of one week prior to publication. "They wanted WikiLeaks, a small web startup, to scoop the most influential English paper in the world," says Assange. "They did so because they were scared."