Media Blogger Resigns Amid Attribution Questions

Jim Romenesko was due to start his own blog soon, says Poynter director
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 4:18 AM CST
Jim Romenesko Resigns Amid Attribution Questions
The Romenesko blog   (Poynter.org)

(Newser) – In an ironic twist, media blogger Jim Romenesko has resigned from the Poynter Institute amid accusations of questionable media practices. Though Romenesko always displayed his sources, journalism school director Julie Moos explained yesterday that he too often included verbatim quotes without enclosing them in quotation marks, the AP reports. Romenesko had been set to start a blog and go part-time at Poynter in seven weeks, Moos added in a later statement.

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“The abrupt conclusion of Jim’s tenure with Poynter should not overshadow his unmatched contributions; he changed Poynter, he changed journalism, and he changed newsrooms,” she wrote. On The Awl, Choire Sicha has an interesting take on the evolution of Romenesko’s blog—which was, originally, entirely “about giving credit, in ways that virtually no other blog has been” but has grown increasingly “intolerable” under Moos. In a defense of Romenesko, Sicha calls him "charitable with links and naming bylines, and producing even more links when grubby reporters would come emailing with 'but I posted that memo just now tooooo!'" Romenesko's intention "has always been directing readers to reported material." It’s worth a read. (Read more Jim Romenesko stories.)

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