Monday, August 02, 2004

Jayson Blair blogs

Jayson Blair has a blog [Archived].

In it, the disgraced former New York Times reporter writes about journalistic ethics, mental health and other musings.

I found out about the blog thanks to an e-mail Blair sent to me (and to others in his address book).

Whatever you (or I) may feel or have to say about Jayson Blair and what he did, at least he's putting his notoriety to good use:

From: Jayson Blair
To: [Recipients' names and addresses omitted]
Sent: 8/1/2004 2:03 PM


Please excuse me for the mass e-mail. Since my book came out in March, I have promised to undertake some charity work related to mental health and substance abuse. I believe this work is an important part of taking responsibility, making amends, healing and being the best person I can possibly be. One of those efforts involves donating the proceeds of autographed copies of Burning Down My Masters’ House to the following charities: the National Center for Disabilities and Journalism, the Mental Health Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Nick Traina Foundation and the Stanley Medical Research Institute. If you would like to participate, you can purchase one of the copies at

The donations will be made to each of the foundations on a quarterly basis. If you would like your contribution to go to one or a limited number of the charities on the list, just mention it on the “special instructions” form. Links to each of the charities can be found on that page mentioned above and each provides information on how to make direct donations. In addition, I would like to recommend another charity run by a friend out of New York called Kixabo. They are doing work increasing awareness about the plight of children in Cambodia and can be reached at

I won’t take anymore of your time, but if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to e-mail me at

All the best,


EDIT: Added link to Jayson Blair's archived blog.

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