A protest of Rapid City Journalâ€™s policy decisions is being organized for Saturday, October 13, 2012.Â The protest issues include the Rapid City Journal's:
- rejection of articles and letters to the editor relating to historical and ongoing Native America issues
- decision to charge a fee to publish political letters to the editor resulting in suppression of political speech through this, ultimately, discriminatory practice (http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/letter-to-editor/)
The protest will meet at the Seattleâ€™s Best meeting room at the Alex Johnson at 11 AM and then march to the Rapid City Journal Building for a one-hour demonstration [Occupy Rapid City, press release, October 10, 2012].
In this press release, Occupy Rapid City reminds its local paper of the "Principles for Quality Journalism" published by RCJ corporate owner Lee Enterprises:
- Focus on understanding and serving the needs and wants of the people in its community, including those who are most vulnerable, such as the poor, minorities or elderly.
- Identify and aggressively cover the most important issues to the local community.
- Play a leadership role and be a force for change in the community through coverage, editorials and civic involvement.
- Show courage and independence in faithfully reporting both good and bad news.
- Inform, educate, explore solutions and give readers information on how they can take action or get involved when appropriate.
- Encourage and involve the community in journalistic efforts, including promoting public contact with staff members, editors and the publisher.
- Provide a regular opinion page with local editorials, plus local and national content reflecting a wide variety of views.
Maybe Pat should have more sympathy for those "wacky Occupy hippies." We are the 99%!