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NBA writer caught double-dipping

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    (Did I miss a thread about this?)

    Cleveland PD's lead NBA writer demoted for double-dipping on company time ...

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    This was mentioned on another thread, and I think a couple people, myself included, attacked the poster since I think it was his first post that said the Cavs guy was canned for stringing for another paper.

    I've now seen this in multiple places. So there must be something to it.
  3. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    The beat writer stringing without checking with his editor? And it's not like the P-D doesn't pay well: Relative to its cost of living, Cleveland's writers and editors do OK. He's lucky he wasn't fired.
  4. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    In today's job climate, he's damn lucky he wasn't fired.
  5. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    All he had to do was ask. I've strung for the out-of-town paper before, but there were rules:
    1) I ask if I can.
    2) I write the story for our paper first, the write the other.
    3) I write the story for the other paper from the road team's perspective.
    4) I try and use different quotes in both.
  6. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    I don't like No. 4 on that list, Pete. If it's the best quote, it's the best quote.
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    No, asking would have been wrong, too. They had his backup there to cover the game for the Plain Dealer so this guy could work on something else -- for the Plain Dealer. If he was going to handle game coverage, he should have been handling it for his paper.

    No self-respecting NBA/NHL primary beat person would stringer for an out-of-town paper while letting his own paper go with a backup. It should be the other way around -- or better yet, to a preps writer at the P-D getting thrown a little bone.

    Guy should have been whacked rather than given even easier duty (general sports blogger).
  8. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Good point Joe. I forgot about the "PD supplied a person to write gamer" aspect.
  9. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member

    Is this guy as bad as the clevescene.com piece thinks?

    And what does covering the "fresh faces" mean?
  10. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking it means he was supposed to write a story on the new guys acquired in the trade.
  11. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Stone: Yes, he is.
  12. Man, there's going to be no lack of conversation starters for a college class about sports journalism ethics, is there?
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