Yesterday's Question of the Day asked … In the 1700s, this journalist published the New York Weekly Journal, where his incendiary reporting on the British government led to his arrest and trial. After being found not guilty (because what he wrote was verifiably true!), he not only helped influence the American Revolution, but established one of the first litmus tests for libel. To whom do we owe this honor? That would be John Peter Zenger, of course!
Congratulations to Associated Press reporter and producer Ron Harris (whom many of you may affectionally know as @Journorati on Twitter) for being the very first to tweet the answer correctly! Honorable mentions also must go out to Gary Metzker, New York Times' Thomas Feyer, Kevin Leahy, Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman, freelance journalist Amy Zipkin, Edward Tenner, Jeffrey Dvorkin, Jeanne Kirk, Leonard Greycloud, Hal Davis, and Alan Blaustein. And to Mr. Davis, who tweeted "If no one has said Peter Zenger by now, I'll devour my floppy-ear cap" -- we're happy to report that your floppy-ear cap has survived to be worn another day!
Your question of the day for today should get a lot of answers: What number, between two hyphens, has traditionally been used to mark the end of a newspaper or broadcast story?
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