The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Kyle Pope - kyle.pope@cjr.org

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 18 Nov 2016 09:00 CST

Subject: Freedom of Speech...

First, some explanation: I am an 87 year young Engineer turned Programmer. I am a Report Writer, as opposed to Story Teller. I am also a new CJR Charter Member.

CJR appears to be on the right track -- if I understand the thinking behind the creation of the Charter Member concept. We have a lot of problems in the United States that I believe are a function of the differences between Journalism and Science -- thus my title, "The Science of Journalism."

The Anti-Science problem has existed for a very long time in the minds of a tremendous number of citizens. My personal experience goes back to September 1942 when I entered ninth grade at Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN. All  incoming students took a math/science test and those with good results got special treatment to get them to specialize in science in preparation for college.

That was a fundamental mistake for a country based on "all men are created equal" -- it ruined my high school experience -- and you can imagine how the non-science people felt. Math and Science is not a valid criteria for participation in any scientific endeavor. The validation of all scientific and non-scientific publications is a task for all citizens of any Democracy.

Obviously, there are many ramifications of the Anti-Science problem, including the abridgment of the Freedom of Speech, journalism's worst offence. We really need to do something about that offence. 

BTW, if you check my web site, http://ifihadmyway.com, you will find all kinds of posts knocking the creation of the Personal Computer and The Internet in addition to the Media and Journalism. 

And yes, I have some software to sell -- software that never reads the user's mail.

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to abridge the freedom of speech -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).

BTW, I am working on a replacement system for individuals -- and I sure could use some help. Please see http://pdmsb.com, a work-in-process.

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