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I'm out and I'm coming out

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I'm db-ing myself here but I'm told not everyone can read the other board:

    This is one Pipeline tidbit I damn sure know is reliable because, well, my source is me.

    For the three of you who haven't figured it out yet, I'm Mike Harris - sports editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. From 10/16/2006 until 1/18/2008.

    I submitted my resignation today. Reasons are many but none has anything to do with the great staff here. To simplify it, I have received an excellent offer that I want to take. And the financial scene in the newspaper business scares the living hell out of me.

    I will be joining the athletic staff at Virginia Commonwealth University - my alma mater - and teaching in the VCU SportsCenter, a graduate program for sports management.

    It was an easy call as it was a great offer and a tough call as I love my staff and my newspaper. Bottom line is I felt strongly that I had to do it so I'm doing it. I feel bad that I only gave this job 15 months but the newspaper scene has changed dramatically in those 15 months. I also can't control when a great offer comes along.

    I hope deputy editor Steve Trosky gets a shot at being SE here. He's been a godsend to me. But I don't know what will happen. It's a great job for somebody.

    The bad news: I'm not going anywhere as far as SJ is concerned. I've talked this over with Webby, I'm staying in my current role here. We talked about going to my name like he did with his but, hell, I'm Moddy and will stay Moddy.

    I will be in touch with many of you shortly. Thanks for making this a fun "side job," even with all the aggravations.
  2. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member


  3. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Good luck Mike. Sometimes when you feel deep in your heart that you need to do something, it's time to do it.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Congrats, Moddy/Mike.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


    Don't ogle any sabras.
  6. Good stuff Mike...Now I can call you Mike instead of moddy (about time). Congrats on the new gig and good luck in the future. You've always been really nice and complimentary toward me - at least to my real-life persona - and I've definitely appreciated it.

    The best,
  7. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    I said we could read it, we just couldn't respond to it!!!

    Anyway, congratulations to one of my favorite people in the business, someone I owe huge amounts of thanks to for the advancement of my career. He's been a friend, a mentor, and an asshole...and I love him desperately for all aspects of that.

    Congrats, Mike, and don't forget the little people on your move into academia.
  8. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    How long before this thead gets locked? ;)
    Congrats. Be good and strong.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    The hell with Deep Throat, this is a bigger shock!

    Mike, congratulations. I hear ya... stuff like the Sun-Times deal in the past couple days makes you wonder if you really want to continue in the business.

    Best wishes in your new career and we'll be happy to call ya Moddy here.

    Oh and by the way... this won't end well. ;D
  10. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    holy shit

    congrats, man
  11. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Congrats, Mod. You've been good to me and the others here. Enjoy the extra time (I hope) that you'll get to spend with the Queen.
  12. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest


    Thank you for the help you gave me. It meant a lot more than you know. Congrats on the new adventure and glad you are staying here, too.
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