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Friday, July 30, 2010

In Memory of Daniel Schorr: Help NPR take front and center at White House Briefings

As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents' Association will decide which news organization will be awarded a recently-vacated front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.

So we're joining our friends at CREDO Action to petition the Correspondents' Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR. 

Can you sign the petition today? Tell the Correspondents' Association to give the best seat in the briefing room to NPR.

http://pol.moveon.org/nprvsfox/?id=22165-4048754-HtlnRTx&t=3 

The petition says, "Give Helen Thomas' former briefing room seat to NPR, which has provided public interest coverage for decades."

Then, please forward this email to your friends and post on Facebook and Twitter so we can spread the news faster. Already 140,000 people have signed onto this call through CREDO Action. Help us get up to 250,000 before the meeting on Sunday!

Note that the link is to a left leaning organization, Move On, but that should not discourage those who value balanced news and the wide scope of reporting of National Public Radio from signing to give the seat to a long established balanced media source that hires qualified journalist and looks in depth at issues, not just shouting heads and headlines.

Mentoring

A mentor teaches you faster than you can teach yourself. The stories, the wisdom, the guidance that they provide gives you the benefit of understanding the world before you've actually lived through it. And the emotional support and reassurance that somebody who has "been there, done that" can offer to a wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn is comforting as you navigate your way through new experiences.

It is important to seek out mentors. It's no accident that Luke Skywalker needs his Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars saga, that Daniel-san learns from Mr. Miyagi in the classic Karate Kid, that Alexander the Great had Aristotle as his teacher and mentor.

-Marc Cenedella, Founder & CEO, TheLadders.com