Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Return of Citizen McCaw

If you missed it the first time or simply want to see it again, you will get your chance. Citizen McCaw is returning to Santa Barbara and will screen four more times at the 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.

The producers are still planning for a nationwide roll out of their documentary about Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, the newspaper industry's version of Cruella de Vil.

To complement Citizen McCaw, the producers are releasing a web video, "Spotlight on Travis Armstrong" which will be posted on the Citizen McCaw website.

Described as "a series of filmed critiques of Mr. Armstrong’s writings by citizens," the video, which will be updated twice a month, is intended to give the targets of Armstrong's attacks an opportunity to answer back.

The filmmakers will be at the Farmer's Market this Saturday to interview community members for the project.

The web video, complete with its own blog goes online September 17th.

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I was at JFK Airport in New York and about to board my plane to return to Santa Barbara Tuesday morning when Union attorney Ira Gottlieb called and informed me that sportswriter Dennis Moran, who had previously been suspended, had been fired by the News-Press.

I was able to get off a quick post just to say Moran had been terminated before I had to leave.

If I hadn't been pressed for time I would have noted that over the last three years Dennis did double duty for the paper both as a copy editor and sports writer whose assignments included covering local school sports, the Tour of California bike race and being the UCSB women's basketball beat writer for the '07-'08 season.

He was also the Union representative in the newsroom.

The Union is investigating the reasons given by the News-Press for firing Moran, but for now is not revealing why he was terminated.