"POLITICSNOW Classroom: Epilogue And Prologue," with Christopher C. Long, prepared for presentation at the 19th Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), November 6-8, 1997, ANA Hotel, Washington, D.C.
What follows is both epilogue and prologue -- in that order -- for an ongoing "endeavor" to construct a civics curriculum on the Internet. The endeavor itself should be perceived as a series of distinct projects and proposals undertaken by two professionals linked by circumstance and commitment to revitalizing civic life through the joining of education to information technology and of journalism to academe.
Our reflections are rooted in both experience and hope. The experience was a relatively short-lived proprietary effort to construct and maintain a web site (www.pnclassroom.com -- "PNC") devoted to bringing the resources of several major news outlets into the political science classroom. In corporate terms, PNC began as a partnership between PoliticsNow (itself a corporate partnership between Times Mirror Company and The Washington Post Company) and Houghton Mifflin. On a personal level, PNC was also an editorial partnership between the two authors -- Chris Long as editor in chief and Mel Dubnick as academic editor.