Yesterday, fellow reporter Marcia Moore said she had an article she wanted me to read and discuss.
It was a Gawker article on a reporter from Alabama who posted 10 “confessions” on her blog and – after refusing to take them down – was fired.
Shea Allen, the reporter in question
Here’s what she said:
I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
I hate the right side of my face.
I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
I’ve taken naps in the news car.
If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)
My thoughts were: Well……she deserved it.
My approach to blogging is to always make sure that while you’re blogging about what’s going on, you always have to assume that your boss and your sources are going to read it – whether it’s on your personal blog, work blog, Twitter, anything. If you wouldn’t want them to, then don’t post it.
And if you happen to make a boo-boo and your boss says to take it down …. do it. Or you can lose your job.
You have to always assume your boss is out there, reading what you write.
And while I completely support the right to free speech – you have to realize that we’re living in a world where you have to be aware of what you say because these things go global. Sure you can say whatever you want, but if someone decides it’s harmful to their brand, they can fire you.
So, I agree with her boss’ decision. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but sometimes, you need to learn it.
Here’s a snippet from his first blog post on Lemon Tart [Note: I had one of them, and it was amazing.]:
This was a new recipe for me to try so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My wife makes a nice lemon desert as well so I thought maybe it would turn out like that, but it was definitely a lot different, which just goes to show, you shouldn’t pre-judge a recipe before it’s done and should keep an open mind when trying new things, or meeting new people. I won’t go saying which I like better, hers or mine, I know better than that. The finished product turned out, well, in my opinion pretty good, but if you really want better proof, just ask my colleague Francis Scarcella who ate about 5 pieces of it when I brought it into work.
Know of any other cool Valley-based blogs? Send them my way!
Helena Muffly (the diary’s author) in a photo from her granddaughter’s blog, A Hundred Years Ago
I got an interesting email Tuesday from a local blogger – Sheryl Lazarus – whose blog isn’t your typical look at local history:
You might find my blog interesting. It’s called A Hundred Years Ago. I’ve been posting my grandmother’s diary entries on it exactly 100 years to the day after she wrote them. She grew up on a farm in the McEwensville-Watsontown area, and kept the diary during her teen years from 1911 to 1914. I also include background information, old-time recipes, photos from hundred-year-old magazines, and other interesting things. I’m now just past the half-way point in the diary, and have posted a diary entry for each day for the past two years.
Sheryl posts diary entries and then adds her own context and commentary. For example in an entry describing Helena (the diary’s author) copying a dialogue for her school’s literary society, Sheryl wonders what she was reading and posts the text of a poem that might have been on the society’s radar.
It’s a fascinating look into the history of the region.