Bailiwick News is a free, independent newspaper offering reporting and critical analysis of Centre County public affairs, with a focus on public corruption, government accountability and ecological resilience.
Editor and Publisher Katherine Watt: email@example.com
Why is it called Bailiwick News?
The newspaper is called Bailiwick News to reflect the status of the Centre Region populace as subjects in a neo-feudal system of oppression, rather than self-governing citizens in a functioning Constitutional republic.
Within Centre County, Penn State’s unelected, unaccountable corporate administrators play the role of landed gentry in historic feudal economies. Centre County municipal legislatures and bureaucrats play the role of obsequious courtiers, while presenting to the public a false front of “democratic” legitimacy. The Pennsylvania legislature and courts uphold the subjugation of the citizenry by enforcing two, unequal sets of laws: one for corporate interests, concentrating power in the hands of corporate profiteers through legal tools used to trample public interests and destroy ecosystems, and another for individuals, stripping them of legal means to throw off profit-driven, bureaucratically-managed oppression.
Bailiwick News supports the work of reforming or replacing current legal, political and economic systems to restore the power of individual citizens to meaningfully govern the affairs of our communities.
- 2009 – 2015 – Contributions to Centre Daily Times. Informally blacklisted after July 5, 2015.
- Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014 – Print edition of Steady State College. Focused primarily on local energy and food systems.
- 2015 – Contributions to Voices of Central Pennsylvania.
- September 2016 – Bailiwick News launched. Focused on local water, land use and criminal justice systems. Back issues.
Bound volumes are also available for purchase at $20 each. Call 237-0996, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by/write to me at 156 West Hamilton Ave. to purchase. Cash or check only: the revolution will not be online.
- Bailiwick News Volume 1 – Sept. 2016 – June 2017
- Bailiwick News Volume 2 – Oct. 2017 – Dec. 2018
- Bailiwick News Volume 3 – Jan. – Dec. 2019
- Energy Sovereignty: 2011-2013 – Information originally published at Spring Creek Homesteading Fund’s website, about the 2011 State College Community Environmental Bill of Rights campaign, and information published at the Energy Sovereignty website regarding the 2013 citizen campaign to stop the Penn State/Columbia Gas high-pressure natural gas transmission line through the Highlands neighborhood of State College Pennsylvania.
- Steady State College & Voices: 2013-2015 – Steady State College was a print and online newspaper published from September 2013 to September 2014, focused primarily on Penn State’s energy strategic planning in the aftermath of the 2013 Columbia Gas pipeline fight, and initial coverage of Friends & Farmers Cooperative. Voices of Central Pennsylvania was an independent newspaper founded in 1993. This volume includes essays by Katherine Watt published in Voices between December 2013 and September 2015.
- Watershed Protection: Citizen Campaigns 2015-2018 – Compilation of independent citizen journalism related to watershed and farmland protection campaigns that took place between 2015 and 2018 in Centre County, Pennsylvania, primarily to block watershed and farmland destruction along Whitehall Road in Ferguson Township, upgradient from the State College area’s two main public water supply wellfields. Most of the content was originally distributed via a Change.org petition to the 2015 Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors, as email updates to the petition’s 2,479 signatories.
I also do custom letterpress printmaking, producing notecards (Flat Affect Greetings) and other items such as t-shirts, dishtowels, posters and calendars, using Owl & Turtle Press. Notecards are now available for sale at Nittany Quill in Downtown State College.
Contact me at 237-0996 for information and ordering.
Dan Froomkin, 2006
Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from inside. It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do…
There’s the intense pressure to maintain access to insider sources, even as those sources become ridiculously unrevealing and oversensitive. There’s the fear of being labeled partisan if one’s bullshit-calling isn’t meted out in precisely equal increments along the political spectrum.
If mainstream-media political journalists don’t start calling bullshit more often, then we do risk losing our primacy — if not to the comedians then to the bloggers.
I still believe that no one is fundamentally more capable of first-rate bullshit-calling than a well-informed beat reporter – whatever their beat.
We just need to get the editors, or the corporate culture, or the self-censorship – or whatever it is – out of the way.
Seymour Hersh, 2007 (interviewed by Matt Taibbi)
All of the institutions we thought would protect us — particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress — they have failed. The courts…the jury’s not in yet on the courts. So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn’t. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that’s the most glaring…
Q: What can be done to fix the (media) situation?
[Long pause] You’d have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives. You’d actually have to start promoting people from the newsrooms to be editors who you didn’t think you could control. And they’re not going to do that.”