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Blogging on the job: How far is too far?

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.

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Shea Allen, the reporter in question

Here’s what she said:

  1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
  2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
  3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
  4. 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.
  5. I hate the right side of my face.
  6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
  7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
  8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
  9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
  10. 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.