| Thursday, April 06, 2006
Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
At the “Grandma in Iraq” blog run by the Cincinnati Enquirer, people keep asking Suzanne Fournier to answer who at the Enquirer hired her. So far she hasn’t answered: http://tiny.bz/081/
As Editor of The Enquirer, Mr. Callinan, I presume you have some knowledge concerning these matters.
Who hired Ms. Fournier? To whom does Ms. Fournier report? Who has editorial oversight over her posts?
As you know, this story is gaining momentum—and I think The Enquirer would do well to share these details for those who are interested in your staff bloggers.
Thank you, once again, for your time and consideration.
The Dean of Cincinnati
Craig Dubow, President and CEO
Gannett Co., Inc.
Shortly after sending this message, Callinan responded thusly:
Not sure how constructive it would be to start pointing fingers at the well-intentioned souls who were involved in setting up the “Grandma in Iraq” blog.
It sounded like a great idea but we should have poked further into her p.r. background with the military and put a disclaimer with her blog.
When the issue came up earlier this week we did that immediately.
As we step our involvement in the New Media world, we’ll need to be mindful of the sensibilities and ethics that are intuitive to us who come from the print world.
This is a lesson learned and thanks for reading - and watching - our work.
All the best,
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