Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Not To Put Too Fine a Point On It But...

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Not To Put Too Fine a Point On It But...:

Not To Put Too Fine a Point On It But...


I recently had this thread, Hey Big Spenders, about the Gates Foundation's largess to Seattle Schools in the amount of $225 while they gave over $2M to a Schoolzilla, a K-12 data platform. 

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I also reported on how the Local Wonder series at KUOW, about Seattle-based items of interest based on reader questions, had a question about the history of philanthropy in Seattle. from "listener" Anne Martens who is the Senior Communications Officer, Community & Civic Engagement for the Gates Foundation

I had this question from that thread:

My question is - did KUOW know who she is before they created a report to answer the question?

Well, here's the answer but oddly, not from KUOW, but from Ms. Martens. (I guess she does PR for them now.)

She was the one who went to KUOW and "we talked about the question in advance" and "we decided" it was "simply posing the question and leaving it up to listeners to vote on." 

And they did.

Except for: 

1) Listeners didn't know an official from the Gates Foundation submitted the question. Have to wonder how they would have voted if KUOW had been honest?

2) Whether the KUOW reporters "independently" wrote it/edited it, does not 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Not To Put Too Fine a Point On It But...:
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