Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

In My Honest Opinion

Orlando Sentinel journalist, Scott Maxwell, joins Chief Judge Don Myers to talk about his 20-year career as a Central Florida opinion columnist. Listen in as they explore the role of the modern reporter, the dangers of confirmation bias and fake news, the rise and “fall” of journalism, our underfunded court system, Orlando's tourism-based economy, and more. If you’ve ever wondered about the journalistic process – this is the episode for you.

Time Stamps

  • 3:30 - Scott Maxwell's journalistic beginning
  • 6:30 - First job in journalism
  • 8:00 - Community journalism, fake news, and making mistakes
  • 9:03 - Experience as a journalist, covering Mel Martinez
  • 10:04 - Becoming an opinion columnist, helping people understand their area's issues
  • 11:53 - The rise and decline of newspapers, the introduction of the Internet
  • 14:05 - The role of the newspaper, subscription models and the segmentation of news
  • 16:43 - Journalistic writing process and a changing newsroom
  • 19:19 - Social media and long-form journalism
  • 20:14 - Giving the full story and empowering citizens to take action
  • 21:55 - The future of print media, the "death" of the newspaper
  • 22:33 - Newspapers can still make money
  • 23:34 - Good journalism: reflective, deep, and factual from a trustworthy source
  • 25:23 - Deciding on a topic to write about
  • 26:58 - What does Scott Maxwell read in the morning?
  • 28:08 - Orlando Sentinel journalists - do they share their stories internally?
  • 29:36 - Growth and optimism in the Central Florida community
  • 33:12 - Wrongful evictions: a passion project and a failureess – this is the episode for you.
Open Ninth
Episode 103

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 36:14



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Scott Maxwell

Journalist and Opinion columnist

Scott Maxwell is a journalist and opinion columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, where he has covered the Central Florida community for 22 years.