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As my pal Scott Lewis pointed out yesterday, we got a few mentions during Sen. John Kerry’s hearings on the future of journalism this week.

The conversation was closely watched by those of us in the journalism world, but I didn’t think it had really spilled over beyond that until I caught wind of a pretty funny conversation between Arianna Huffington and Peggy Noonan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today.

Noonan seemed a little confused and scared about news that’s not done by a newspaper company. It seemed unbelievable to her that an online-only publication could do investigative reporting. Huffington schooled her, and the conversation hit a peak when Huffington brought up voiceofsandiego.org.

Check it out:

I could probably write a long screed responding to Noonan’s comments, but I think Huffington took care of it. (If you hadn’t heard about the Senate hearing, the LA Times’ James Rainey did this recap.)

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks here with our reporting staff back to full strength after Kelly Bennett and Will Carless returned to their beats in the wake of their three-month investigation. I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I would like so I’ll try to keep going again.

A couple of tidbits:

  • We haven’t been able to get an uploaded version of this week’s radio show from KOGO yet to put on our site. We’ll get that up as soon as we can. In the meantime, you can catch the latest one — which we just got back from recording — at noon on Sunday on AM 600 KOGO.
  • Some other appearances to check out: I spoke at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in late April on a panel about the future of the media with Huffington, Rainey and a couple of others. The LA Times has this wrap up, which gives us some props and also says we’ve done our work in a “surgically specific manner that is breathtaking in its wonkishness.” We weren’t sure what to think of that comment — positive or negative? Let me know what you think.  Oh, and you can also see what Bob Barker and I were wearing.

    I was also on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” in late April, too, taking questions from callers around the country.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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