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Witness: a news column for this century

News doesn’t happen in newsrooms.  Funny, you’d never know that to look at one. Walk into your average newsroom today – even your ravaged, post-layoff and voluntary departure newsroom – and you’ll see an awful lot of reporters sitting at their desks and trying to sweet talk other people into doing their job for them.

Witness will not be done by phone – although it may be livestreamed by one. Witness will be just that – a journalist giving witness to the things he saw and heard and said. The goal will be to come into the office

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What should a news column look like in the age of Twitter?

(If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the Intro and jump straight to the pitch)

Intro

Returning to reporting after a 3 year, 148 day long adventure, first in web and digital training and then in CMS wrangling, I find myself pitching for a spot as a daily news columnist.

And desperately needing some help.

It’s not the writing, I’ve done this job before – in fact the first job I ever had on a daily newspaper was as a news columnist for the Toronto Sun – it’s not the writing I’m worried about.

But here’s the thing

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