re: The Auditors at The Poynter Institute

This week I’m attending a class at the Poynter Institute, Critical Tools For The Non-Traditional Journalist. It’s a great privilege to be here and I’m meeting tons of folks from all walks of life.  We are tweeting under the hashtag #NonTradJs.

Nick Coleman was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Nick, 59, was a reporter and columnist for 36 years, half of that time at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and half at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, which he left in early 2009. He now writes a weekly column for the StarTribune Op-Ed page, as a freelance contributor to the newspaper.Coleman has covered six governors and 10 mayors, reported stories from 86 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, covered local government, media and business, Native American issues and the war in Northern Ireland, as well as the subsequent peace process.

Sandy Azzolini has been managing web sites for PR Newswire 10 years. She is interested in social media and networking and shares my interest in blog metrics.

Mayhill Fowler used to write about American politics and foreign affairs for The Huffington Post.  She covered the 2008 presidential election for OffTheBus, the Huff Post experiment in citizen journalism.  Her book about those eighteen months is Notes from a Clueless Journalist:  Media, Bias and the Great Election of 2008. She has twice been a Knight Journalism Fellow at the University of Maryland. Mayhill is now infamous for the way she left the Huffington Post.  She chronicled it on her blog, Why I Left The Huffington Post.

This is just a small selection of the Poynter class participants.  I will be setting up a page later with everyone’s biographies, social networking IDs and websites/blogs.

Big news this week: I’m now blogging twice a week at  My column is called Accounting Watchdog.  My first piece is KPMG and Taxes: How Quickly We Forget. I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays there, so, please look for me and please add comments.

Finally, I wrote a post over at that was very meaningful for me.  The Name For Each Age is a study in Korean culture and Confucianism.  It was inspired by a special woman I met during my trip to New York for the presentation for the New York County Lawyers Association.  I hope you will take a look.