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Media Watch: Blogger Romenesko Ditches Media Site Poynter after Attribution Spat

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 11, 2011 at 12:49PM

Jim Romenesko, the high-profile media news blogger, abruptly quit his position with Poynter yesterday, reports the NYT's  Media Decoder.  His unexpected decision to leave came after a disagreement with boss Julie Moos about not using quotations when borrowing from other media sources.   Last night, Romenesko emailed the Institute, which teaches journalism ethics: “I’ve had a great dozen years at Poynter, and I look forward to my next chapter.” This marks Romensko's third and finally successful attempt to resign from Poynter. His decision to leave under the scrutiny concerning attribution, aggregation, and contemporary journalism sparked heated infighting on Twitter and other social media sources. Moos responded on the Poynter website:
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Jim Romenesko
Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko, the high-profile media news blogger, abruptly quit his position with Poynter yesterday, reports the NYT's  Media Decoder.  His unexpected decision to leave came after a disagreement with boss Julie Moos about not using quotations when borrowing from other media sources.  

Last night, Romenesko emailed the Institute, which teaches journalism ethics: “I’ve had a great dozen years at Poynter, and I look forward to my next chapter.” This marks Romensko's third and finally successful attempt to resign from Poynter. His decision to leave under the scrutiny concerning attribution, aggregation, and contemporary journalism sparked heated infighting on Twitter and other social media sources.
Moos responded on the Poynter website:

Poynter.org works hard to meet the highest standards of journalism excellence, and I learned late Wednesday that we have not consistently met those standards. A centerpiece of our editorial work has been the Romenesko blog, which invented a form of aggregation that is widely and deservedly respected. It is also imperfect. Thanks to the sharp eye of Erika Fry, an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, I now know that Jim Romenesko’s posts exhibit a pattern of incomplete attribution. [Via MediaBistro.]

Romenesko has built a reputation as the go-to blogger for information about media news. He has said that he wanted to return to traditional reporting, rather than aggregating. His new website will continue to summarize media news but will also include other topics of interest to him, including real estate, food, and finance.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.