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Is this right???

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by williemcgee51, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. I was reading a major metro newspaper message board recently and saw that its columnist was talking about his trip home from covering a sporting event. The columnist said that he was looking forward to resting in first class with a cocktail.
    OK, that's fine. However, this columnist works for a company I use to work for before my current gig. To say it nicely, this company is in dire straits. My former colleagues are all worried about their jobs (like everyone else, I guess) and work very hard (like everyone else) at a paper with a circulation of about 50K.
    Anyways, is it right that this company can pay a first-class ticket for a columnist when the corporation is not doing well financially? Perhaps I'm thinking too much, but this struck me as kind of odd. I know this reporter was not flying with the team.

    Have a good Thanksgiving week everyone!!!!
  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

  3. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    maybe he used his mileage points to bump up to first??? if not, this truly sucks.
  4. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Or he could have been writing tongue-in-cheek.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Or taken the cash-for-seat-upgrade option. Usually a lot cheaper than paying full fare for first class.
  6. hankschu

    hankschu Member

    Yeah, I fly first class all the time on my beat with upgrades accrued through all the miles I fly.

    I don't brag about it on a blog, though.

    I can't think of a beat writer or columnist I know who regularly flies first class.
  7. RustyHampton

    RustyHampton Member

    Back when I covered a beat and flew often, I upgraded to first class whenever possible using Frequent Flyer points. It was pretty easy to do back then and didn't cost the company anything extra. But I never wrote about it and wouldn't now.
  8. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Some of the big-name columnists have it in their contracts that they fly first class when they travel. The big gun at one of my previous stops reportedly had it written into his contract that his rental car on the road must be a Lincoln Town Car.
  9. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Hopefully, he's either retired or no longer has that clause ... given that the Town Car is officially dead as of this fall.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    First class every time, yeah, that'd be all right. But I like having different rental cars.
  11. strunk_you

    strunk_you Member

    sometimes the corporate office will upgrade you without you even asking. big companies can rack up vouchers pretty quickly.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Damn him.

    He also should be writing his stories out with pen and paper and faxing it in for someone to retype rather than using a fancy expensive laptop computer!
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