Editors, and how bad ones are ruining the newspaper business
OMG, is that the old FJ newsroom amid all those photos? What a mess. How sad. If that is the old newsroom, where is the current newsroom (all jokes aside)? I know the newsroom is moving to shiny new digs in glorious downtown Flint, but where do the bloggers work now? Seriously, I have no idea.Also, the blog points out the vanilla-esque make up the new and improved MLive. Apparently, what's good enough for the newsroom all those years isn't something they need to trouble themselves with in this digital age. In the several years I spent at the FJ, management all but crammed diversity down our throats, hiring and promoting on greased skids minorities without regard to their actual writing, editing or management skills. The unqualified minorities cast a pall over the paper's entire employee human resources management system, including the qualified minorities. How many careers of more qualified candidates, minority and non-minority alike, were derailed or permanently damaged due to this systematic reverse discrimination? How many ways can this new MLive "leadership" team be the height of hypocracy? They are as lilly white as GM's board. How either team gets away with it these days is beyond me. Oh where oh where is Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition?
Just for the record, I'm not in agreement with the "unqualified minorities" comment in the previous post. Also for the record, I believe diversity is a good thing and agree that the new leadership is completely lacking in that.
True,the issue of diversity was crammed down everyone's throats at BCT as well. Pretty hypocritical considering the newsroom was not the most racially sensitive place for any minority to work. There was an Asian reporter who was openly referred to by his direct supervisor as "Chinky Chan." One afternoon, a tour group of mostly black school children came through, and the sports editor at the time loudly commented, "Hide your crack pipes!" Neither of these editors was ever reprimanded or even told to watch what they say.
When you look at the talent they have left behind - namely a reporter with experience, awards and superior skills - it is obvious these clowns do not have a clue what they are doing. My former colleague was left in the wake of their new model and it is embarrassing what they have turned into. I hear they are asking laid off employees to re-apply. The leadership in Flint is a joke.
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