I've told this story before but in 2008 I was offered a promotion at work. The idea of uprooting my three kids and us moving to California was not appealing. I was also a little nervous about the new job which would come with new duties.
My father told me I had to take it and would not let it go. Because he knew I was nervous about the whole thing, he called C.I. and asked her if it would be a problem if the kids and I stayed at her huge home? C.I. said not at all.
This was then presented to me. And my reasons for not going became less and less. The money was huge and three kids means three college funds.
So I took it and we left Georgia. And now the kids consider California home. Which erases my last fears that secretly they were thinking, "Mom ruined our lives! We could have stayed in Georgia!"
So I'm especially thankful about that. No more guilt there.
Now I want to blog about something I planned to awhile back but got distracted. This is from Wikipedia's Jim Romenesko page:
In November 2011, an assistant editor for the Columbia Journalism Review noted that posts summarizing articles on the Romenesko page at the Poynter Institute's web site repeated, verbatim, text in the articles without the use of quotation marks or indentation. In the process of reporting, the online chief of the Poynter Institute, Julie Moos, was contacted and noted that this behavior had occurred since 2005. Although Romenesko had always attributed the source of the information, Moos claimed that the inconsistency of placing quotation marks or blockquoting text could cause the impression that text not in quotation marks was those of Romenesko, and not lifted directly from the text. Moos placed Romensko's blog on hold while the issue was being investigated, and following investigation ordered that all of Romenesko's posts be approved by an editor prior to post and to follow the Poynter Institute's attribution guidelines of placing quotation marks with any text used in the original article. Moos refused to accept his resignation.
If you read this Huffington Post article, you will hear outrage over 'poor' Romenesko. He wrote for Poynter and he couldn't follow attribution ethics.
He shouldn't have resigned, he should have been fired.
I don't care for him and never did. If you talk to Black bloggers, you'll know why that is. Romenesko had a huge audience and could have amplified diverse voices. Instead, he went White, White, White with the occasional person of color tossed in due to a sports issue or because there was a complaint about racism. Otherwise, Black journalists really didn't exist.
I was blogging for my third month when I received an e-mail from a Black blogging collective asking me not to link to Romenesko. I followed his site (I'd never heard of him prior to the e-mail) for four weeks and saw the criticisms were correct. And I've never linked to him. And never would.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):