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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Citizen McCaw Screenings, Blog and Journalism School Materials

The producers of Citizen McCaw are busy and sent out this press release...especially interesting is the "man and woman in the street" series they will be filming on Saturday. -- Sara


The momentum of Citizen McCaw is building. We are firm in our plan to roll Citizen McCaw out nationwide, and we have several important updates to report to the community:

1. We will screen the film locally 4 more times at Santa Barbara's Fiesta Five Theatre in October. The dates are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 9, 10, and 11, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 PM.

2. On September 17th, the producers of Citizen McCaw will release a brand new video story on our website: Spotlight on Travis Armstrong, the News-Press Editorial Page Editor. This goal is to encourage Wendy McCaw to restore a constructive civic and civil dialogue, with room for opposing points of view, to her paper.

This is the first in a series of filmed critiques of Mr. Armstrong’s writings by citizens. Spotlight will be updated at least twice a month for the rest of the year to give the people he has demeaned a forum to respond. It will also let local citizens give voice to the need for the paper to eliminate permanently Armstrong’s innuendo-laced vendettas.

This new web feature is in response to the many people we have encountered who say Wendy McCaw must restore integrity and trust to her editorial page as a first step in reversing the paper’s course of the past few years. We will closely monitor Travis’ writings and actions in relation to commonly accepted journalistic ethics, and update our website with video responses by people he attacks. We also will host a blog so all can participate in the dialogue at

3. The producers of Citizen McCaw will be filming "man and woman in the street" comments about Travis Armstrong's ethics, editorials and writing style from 9:00am to 10:00am at the Farmer's Market – on Cota Street this Saturday, September 6th and at other locations in Santa Barbara the following week. In addition, the producers will be interviewing several people who have been the subject, recently, of his writings.

4. We are now introducing The 3 DVD “Citizen McCaw” Learning Resource to journalism schools. Our goal is to have the cautionary tale utilized throughout the country as future generations of journalists are educated. A foundation is considering distributing the resource to every journalism and mass communications program in the country. Until they decide, we are implementing our own marketing effort.

5. We have arranged a prime time showing in one of the top 10 TV markets for later if the fall (the initial step toward a national TV release).



Anonymous inquiring minds want to know said...

Do the film's producers answer these two questions --

1. Does anyone really care any more about Wendy McCaw, Travis Armstrong and the Santa Barbara News-Press?

2. Was it Wendy's policy to run the News-Press into the ground and treat its employees worse than she would animals, or was it her practice?

9/04/2008 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Still aghast said...

Inquiring, 1. there are a lot of people who still care, and the SBNP is still publishing, vitriolically, and still has a substantial readership. Management keeps topping itself each evildoing day, which is fascinating in a "lookie-loo" kinda way.

2. Both. She believes in disrespecting her employees because she can, and she does so. She feels more responsibility toward and affection for animals, because she can control her pets, she doesn't have to threaten them with litigation, and they won't organize for better conditions.

9/04/2008 2:56 PM  
Anonymous get a life said...

this is old news.

who cares
Get over it
Get a life!

9/17/2008 5:07 PM  

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