Friday, November 30, 2007

Book by late Bill Woo gets a thumbs up

Writing in the American Journalism Review, Carl Sessions Stepp says the late William Woo had a loyalty that served the public trust. Woo, the longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor turned Stanford professor, died last year at age 69. But his last book, a compilation of notes he gave to his students, is attracting positive reviews. Sessions quotes Woo as saying:
    "Humanity is inseparable from everything else. Every piece of public policy has its human component. The more we are able to connect that human component with the policy – be it taxes, defense, crime and punishment, whatever – the more it will mean to our readers... How do we connect those things? By becoming wiser about life... By understanding the details and implications of policies... By reading the news becoming interested in documents and specialized writing..."

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