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After the last time I hosted Café San Diego and stuck up for Mayor Jerry Sanders’ supposedly tight-fisted media policy, I bumped into one of my former colleagues from The San Diego Union-Tribune on the street – someone for whom freedom of information is a pet issue. We argued civilly, but I could tell he was kind of … well, disgusted … and regarded me as either a turncoat or a cult captive.

I was corporate now. I had “turned.”

But it’s not true. Being on the mirror side of journalism hasn’t suddenly made me sympathetic to the people who used to try to shut me out when I was a reporter. Actually, I was always sympathetic to them. I can completely understand how a situation can get totally distorted in the press, partly because of the structure the traditional news story. Today I’m going to talk a little about that – and why the limitations on the traditional print and broadcast media have led to innovations that are changing the whole industry for the better.

RACHEL LAING

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