Archive for the ‘FAQs About Me’ Category

FAQs About Me: Where is your pride, dude?

October 13, 2008

One in an occasional series about yours truly.

Q. A Reuters news blog post is headlined, “Gannett watchdog needs cash.” A little embarrassing to be honest. Where is your pride, dude?
A. Pride? Moi?! I worked for Gannett more than 20 years! (Besides, if I had any pride, would I post a photo of me wearing this?)

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FAQs About Me: Why I’m such a skeptical reporter

September 23, 2008

One in an occasional series about yours truly.

Q. Instead of minding your own business, and trusting the executives back in McLean, Va., you take internal company documents and publish them for all the world to see. Why in heavens do you do that?
A. Early in my career, I was inspired by a tough-as-nails Pine Bluff Commercial reporter (hi, Gwen!) who was similarly accused of being a jaded journalist. The fact is, once you’ve been lied to by publicists — and it happened to me, early on — you learn P.R. folks don’t always tell the truth.

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FAQs About Me: Sparky, Sparky, Sparky!

June 4, 2008

One in an occasional series about yours truly.

Q. Who the heck is this Sparky guy you keep referencing? All you’ve told us is that he’s your domestic partner, and his birthday was on Monday. How about a photo, at least?
A. So kind of you to ask! But we think it best to follow the grand tradition of Phyllis Diller‘s Fang, Norm Peterson‘s Vera, Niles Crane‘s Maris and, of course, USA Today columnist Craig Wilson‘s “my partner, Jack.” (Sparky did say it’s OK to mention this: He was on the copy desk at The Cincinnati Enquirer in the early to mid-1970s, before Gannett bought the newspaper. How intriguing!)

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FAQs About Me: Is there a psycho ward on Ibiza?

May 29, 2008

[Ibiza at night, by Flickr member RingoChan]

One in an occasional series of Q&As about yours truly.

Q. You’re spending the summer vacationing on a Mediterranean island known as one of Europe’s top playgrounds — and you’re going to keep blogging about Gannett? I shall put this gently: Are. You. Nuts?
A. LOL! Even with the crap I sometimes take from readers, I’ve had more fun blogging here than just about anything I’ve done in years. I’ve learned first-hand about the power of a truly interactive blog. As I experienced in Brazil, blogging doesn’t have to chew up a lot of time. It gives me a good intellectual workout when I’m on the road. Plus, it’s hard to think of my summer in Ibiza as a vacation, when I’m not exactly working my butt off right now.

Related: How long I’ll edit Gannett Blog

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FAQs About Me: Buyouts like a lottery prize, right?

May 10, 2008

One in an occasional series of Q&As about yours truly.

Q. Those New Jersey employees should thank their lucky stars they got offered buyouts. You got one at USA Today; isn’t it just like hitting a big jackpot?
A. Only if you land a job immediately, or had plans to quit anyway. Otherwise, a buyout is just a nicer way of saying you were laid off. I got 40 weeks’ pay (two weeks for each year of service), plus continuation of my health coverage during the severance period.

But after that, I become just another 51-year-old ex-journalist, competing for jobs with folks often half my age. Plus: Oh, joy! I get to deal with fighting for replacement health insurance — the No. 1 reason why many USA Today staffers turned down a chance to apply for one of those 43 buyouts.

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FAQs About Me: Why are you so soft on USAT?

May 4, 2008

One in an occasional series of Q&As about yours truly.

Q. Why don’t you write more critically about USA Today? You worked there for nearly eight years. But you’ve given more grief to The Arizona Republic than you have to the nation’s No. 1 printed newspaper.
A. I promised myself that I’d wait at least three months after getting my buyout before I weighed in on USAT. That was so my immediately raw feelings about the circumstances of my leaving wouldn’t color my view too much. I’ve decided that I better wait a little longer.

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FAQs About Me: Why I write so little about TV

April 6, 2008

One in an occasional series of Q&As about yours truly.

Q. Why don’t you write more about other newspaper departments, like circulation and production? And how about the TV stations? You never write about them!
A. My biggest failing as a blogger is that I don’t know enough about departments outside newspaper newsrooms, where I spent my entire 20 years with Gannett. I’d like to write much more about other departments — and, especially, about the broadcast division. To do that, however, I need you to first teach me the most important, basic stuff.

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FAQs About Me: How long I’ll edit Gannett Blog

April 3, 2008

First in a series of occasional Q&As about yours truly.

Q. How long are you going to keep blogging about Gannett?
A. I don’t know. I wrote once that I expected Gannett Blog to run just two or three years. (Here’s why.) I’m well into year two.

I am, as I remind Sparky, differently employed. This is a fancy way of saying I blog and goof off. Under the terms of my USA Today buyout, Gannett will pay me severance through mid-October. Until then, Sparky and I will study Spanish, a skill I’ll likely need when I figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, I can blog from anywhere — including Spain, where we’ll be living this summer.

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