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What's the worst thing your boss has ever done?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by biggerthanlashley, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. biggerthanlashley

    biggerthanlashley New Member

    As an offshoot of the other thread here, what's the worst thing your boss has ever done?

    One that jumps to mind for me is the time our SE was supposed to cover a major local sporting event but instead watched it on TV at home, then wrote a column about being there and the atmosphere and how loud the crowd was.
  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    This happened before I started working at the paper, but the editor who hired me got caught plagarizing her editorials. She wrote her own lead for several grafs, then used the AP's editorials for the rest of the story without giving any credit. I didn't know this when I was hired, but the higher-ups tried to keep it quiet and let her resign when she got another job. The news leaked, and she had to 'resign' rather abruptly.
  3. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Tried to make me fire a reporter immediately when she gave two weeks' notice. They found out she was going to our competitor.

    Needless to say, I didn't.
  4. Danny Noonan

    Danny Noonan Member

    An AME at one of my stops was fired for cheating on contests. I read about it two days after I walked out the door for the last time as the SE there.
  5. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    I had a boss fire me once. I thought that was pretty bad. My next job was infinitely better though.
  6. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    And just to be clear, it was because I was only interested in perhaps making a bit more money than what they had given me, and perhaps move a little forward with my career since I was at a deadend there. He was kind of a dick though. As one friend of mine said, the only person she's ever known who walked both like he still had his suit jacket on a hanger while he wore it, and also had a broomstick stuck up his ass.
  7. partain

    partain Member

    My wife and I both worked for a family-owned chain of small weeklies and one five-day daily early in our careers. I was sports editor for the daily and the weekly that my wife served as editor for. We made great strides with the weekly and the first year won a number of awards at the state press association contest. The next year, the publisher tried to keep us from winning because his family thought it was embarrassing that the "flagship" paper never won any.

    So he replaced many of our feature entries with business "features" that all newspapers of this size do to sell ads. He simply through away several other entries--several from a part-time freelance photographer who really lived for these awards. We were surprised when some of our best stuff didn't win anything. Then I got the judging critiques and saw that most of it was never entered. Somehow we still won the award for best overall small weekly in the state. But we could have done even better without his "help."

    I knew we were both leaving in the near future, so I confronted him right there in the banquet room after the ceremony and he said he thought the business features were worthy of entering. Either he was lying or he was infinitely dumber than I gave him credit for. I'll let you decide which.
  8. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    Before I got to one of my stops, the former SE I replaced had "lifted" a few paragraphs from a game story about a state basketball playoff game from another paper in the same county. It was the reason, he was let go.
  9. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Give my job to someone else while I was on a deployment, thus leaving me unemployed when I returned.
  10. dieditor

    dieditor Member

    No brainer.

    The first ME I worked for was about to go on a cruise, and decided he needed to get properly bronzed, so he started going to a tanning salon. The guy was Hispanic and needed to tan about as much as George Hamilton does, but that's apparently beside the point.

    Anyway, he goes tanning and decides to write a five-part "special interest" series of columns...using HIMSELF as a model. The first of these "columns" had been placed on the front page, but fortunately the publisher happened to see a proof and went ballistic. The ME settled on moving the piece inside and referring to it in a skybox on the front.

    I was on vacation when these ran, but this was the story I got in the newsroom when I came back. Said ME even went to the one tanning salon that DIDN'T advertise with us, pissing off the one that DID and causing them to cancel their ads. Publisher fired the ME six weeks later, and supposedly told him that the day he wanted to run a column about tanning on the front page was the day the publisher decided to look for a new editor.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Ummm, isn't that kind of -- ya know -- illegal?
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    My thought, too. Don't they have to have some job for you?
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