Wisconsin editor reminds readers why journalists don't sign petitions after dozens did
Wisconsin State Journal editor John Smalley explains why journalists don't sign petitions after six of his staffers signed one to recall Governor Scott Walker from office:
"People accept work-related policies and restrictions all the time. If you want to sell high-end clothing, you can’t wear cut-off jeans to work. If you want to deliver Coca-Cola, you can’t drink Pepsi in your truck.
"And if you want to be a journalist, you keep your politics to yourself. That’s just the way it is, and it’s a deal every journalist accepts when he or she joins the profession."
Well, not every journalist.
More morning media roundup:
- As Katie Couric guest-hosts "Good Morning America" this week and "Today" welcomed back Meredith Vieira as a "legendary" mystery alum, the morning show wars heat up, reports Brian Stelter.
- NBC will investigate the prejudicial editing of audio that aired on "Today" last week and portrayed George Zimmerman inaccurately in the minutes before he shot Trayvon Martin, Erik Wemple learns.
- Martin's parents accept Geraldo Rivera's apology for blaming the 17-year-old's death on his hoodie. (Mediaite)
- Former "Dateline" NBC anchor Stone Phillips broadcasts a story on head injuries on his own website; PBS "NewsHour" will air a shortened version tonight. (New York Times)
- Encyclopedia Britannica has just about sold out of its final print editions, says Julie Bosman.
- Twitter is not a website, says Wall Street Journal digital managing editor Raju Narisetti in the latest edition of WSJ's style notes: "The majority get tweets through various streams, if you will. So perhaps if we feel we do need to continue to explain it, calling it a microblogging service or tool is a more accurate description."
- Huffington Post is a website but not one required to pay its contributors. "There is no question that the plaintiffs submitted their materials to the Huffington Post with no expectation of monetary compensation and that they got what they paid for — exposure in the Huffington Post," a judge ruled Friday.