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     Will start teaching this week at Georgetown, and in preparation glanced through some student publications. It's funny how novice journalists as well as many pros have a hard time figuring out where to put the "said yesterday" and the "told a crowd at Georgetown University" and those other obligatory elements of a news story. I struggle with it to this day. The best solution is to avoid writing about any real events that have to be located precisely in time and space. Like this blog: There is no here here. There is no when. Also at the moment there is no readership. This is tremendously liberating. This is the very definition of journalistic freedom. The blog at the moment is just something between me and my editor. If anyone asks either one of us what the blog is about we can refuse to say. Confidential. Like between a doctor and a patient, or a lawyer and a client. My editor will go to jail rather than tell anyone what I'm writing.

--written Jan. 10, 2005

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 1:06 PM ET
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