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October 04, 2007

The Fallout

After "Scouts’ Honor" was published in the Idaho Falls POST REGISTER, powerful sectors of the community launched a public relations campaign against the newspaper, questioning the reporting and focusing on the sexual orientation of the series reporter, Peter Zuckerman.

Zuckerman describes being publicly outed and verbally attacked in an essay for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

Then managing editor (now executive editor) Dean Miller also describes the fallout in an article for The Nieman Reports:

The Post Register is a wee dory of a newspaper: With 26,000 daily circulation, it's not buoyed by any corporate chain and has an opinion page often reviled in this livid corner of reddest Idaho for its reliable dissent.

Last year, by exposing Boy Scout pedophiles and those who failed to kick them out of the scouting program, we energized three of our community's big forces against us, including those most able to punish our newspaper - the community's majority religion, the richest guys in town, and the conservative machine that controls Idaho.

>> Read Dean Miller's article.

>> Read Peter Zuckerman's essay.

October 03, 2007

Preview: "In a Small Town" (Part 2)

>>Watch a preview of "In a Small Town" (Part 2). Premieres Friday, October 5.

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October 01, 2007

Meet the Reporter

Meet Peter Zuckerman, the Idaho Falls POST REGISTER reporter who led the investigation of the Boy Scouts of America. In an interview with EXPOSÉ, Zuckerman says of his experience:

It was scary and exhilarating at the same time ... I used to think reporters aren't part of the story. That's how it should be. It isn't. By just doing your job, some people will love you, some people will hate you, and some people will drag you in and make you part of the news.

>>For more of EXPOSÉ's recent talk with Zuckerman and to listen to a bonus interview from Poynter podcasts, click here.

September 28, 2007

"In a Small Town" (Part 1) on PBS

EXPOSÉ's "In a Small Town" begins airing on PBS tonight. Check local listings.


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