Back in the 90’s, I worked as a feature writer/photographer. It was my job to create newspaper content that would sell ads and boost subscriptions. Graft, corruption and greed were not my beat, nor were they of any real interest to me. The public watchdogs were the investigative reporters. I was a public lapdog, writing happy news and holding my camera at angles calculated to flatter.
In 1998, as the tech bubble was reaching its zenith, Knight-Ridder-Tribune (may it rest in peace) decided the time was ripe to begin publishing its products online. Four members of The State’s newsroom staff, were chosen to execute that directive in Columbia, SC and I was among them.
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