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Interesting plea from Poynter

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moondoggy, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member


    Poynter president says "We need your support now more than ever." I thought SPTimes propped up Poynter, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, it's an interesting pitch.
  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Don't know whether to send my bucks to Wikipedia or Poynter.
  3. I can't imagine an organization I'd be less likely to donate money to than Poynter.

    Maybe United Way. Maybe.
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Too much administrative drag on every dollar.

    Give it to your local food bank.

    Or buy a bunch of McDonald's gift certificates and hand them out to the those guys living under the highway.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Yes, if you want to be lectured from people with little experience in newspapers, by all means, give your money to Poynter.
  6. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    What? No mention of Romenesko?
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Or enroll in a journalism/communications program at the university.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Exactly. So fucking delusional.

    A year end message in which she recaps the year, but leaves out the most newsworthy event. And, everyone knows about it, so it's insulting.

    So, you're not honest with me, and you're asking me for money. Nice.

    You also handled Romenesko's departure terribly. You tried to ruin his reputation, and instead damaged your own. How about working on that first?
  9. J-School Blue

    J-School Blue Member

    I've actually been tempted to donate to Wikipedia. Poynter? Not so much, especially this year. It seems to stubbornly make itself less and less helpful every day.
  10. daemon

    daemon Well-Known Member

    A sampling of Poynter Faculty salaries in 2009, per its 990

    Roy Peter Clark $159,694
    Karen Dunlap $206,368
    James Romenesko $184,011
    Colleen Eddy $171,135
    Bill Mitchell $156,958

    So, yeah, please give.
  11. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    That's crazy. Five people making more than $150,000? How many daily papers have that on their staff?
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm a little less cynical about Poynter, which I think does some good work -- although undoubtedly less relevant to me without Romenesko -- and I don't even begrudge people with years of experience who do this kind of training a good salary.

    That said, I don't know that I will be contributing, either.
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