Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blog philosophy

Every blog approaches its subject matter differently. I have some ideas about the LEAP blog that I would like to share with you.

Traditionally, the LEAP blog has been written exclusively by LEAP speakers, but I would like to see a more diverse range of authors. This might include people who are not criminal justice professionals but who are subject matter experts in a particular area. It might include people whom I have verified are law enforcement officers but who are going to publish under a pen name in order to protect their careers. (If you are interested in writing a guest post, please contact me.) It might even include the occasional post from those who support the status quo. There's nothing wrong with listening to the arguments of the other side, and this kind of engagement can draw people into the debate and change minds.

Finally, LEAP is not a political organization. It is a U.S. Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. In plain English, this means that we are a group comprised mainly of volunteers, we welcome support from across the political spectrum and we'll accept donations from almost anyone. However, this also creates some restrictions in terms of how LEAP operates. We can't lobby, for example. And when writing posts for this blog, LEAP speakers are not going to be criticizing political parties in a partisan manner. We might offer some constructive policy advice, but we're going to stay away from ad hominen attacks. And if our posts include facts or statistics, we will include links or references to our sources.

Since this blog is for LEAP supporters, I am also interested in your input. What features should we include? What topics should we cover? Let me know.

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