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Media Watch: Blogger Romenesko Ditches Media Site Poynter after Attribution Spat

Media Watch: Blogger Romenesko Ditches Media Site Poynter after Attribution Spat

Jim Romenesko, the high-profile media news blogger, abruptly quit his position with Poynter yesterday, reports the NYT’s  Media Decoder.  His unexpected decision to leave came after a disagreement with boss Julie Moos about not using quotations when borrowing from other media sources.  

Last night, Romenesko emailed the Institute, which teaches journalism ethics: “I’ve had a great dozen years at Poynter, and I look forward to my next chapter.” This marks Romensko’s third and finally successful attempt to resign from Poynter. His decision to leave under the scrutiny concerning attribution, aggregation, and contemporary journalism sparked heated infighting on Twitter and other social media sources.
Moos responded on the Poynter website:

Poynter.org works hard to meet the highest standards of journalism excellence, and I learned late Wednesday that we have not consistently met those standards. A centerpiece of our editorial work has been the Romenesko blog, which invented a form of aggregation that is widely and deservedly respected. It is also imperfect. Thanks to the sharp eye of Erika Fry, an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, I now know that Jim Romenesko’s posts exhibit a pattern of incomplete attribution. [Via MediaBistro.]

Romenesko has built a reputation as the go-to blogger for information about media news. He has said that he wanted to return to traditional reporting, rather than aggregating. His new website will continue to summarize media news but will also include other topics of interest to him, including real estate, food, and finance.

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