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Integrity of Chicago food press

Mike G | Sep 2, 2003 10:11 AM

Well, hopefully this is a worst case scenario.

According to Romanesko's Media News, they accepted her resignation and booted her out right away rather than pull the "review." Can't seem to find out what the restaurant is at the moment.

Mr. Randy Blaser
Bureau Chief
Pioneer Press
3701 W. Lake Street
Glenview, Illinois 60025

Dear Randy:

It is with great sorrow that I resign my job as Diversions editor of the North, Lake Shore and Central area editions of Pioneer Press and as restaurant and theater critic.

I have been with Pioneer Press for 27 years, and have loved my job. I still love it, but the major reason I do is because I am proud of the work. I can't be proud if the integrity of the section is disregarded, and I am forced to print a revisionist restaurant review by Kyle Leonard, the director of marketing.

Of course, I deeply resent the fact that management has so little respect for me that I was not consulted before the decision was made for Kyle to write the review. But I am even more troubled by the ethics of having the marketing director review a restaurant in the Diversions section, no matter how we choose to identify him in print.

You know that I am a team player. More than a year ago, I took on the editorship of the Central area papers - a 1/3 increase in my work load - at no increase in pay, because I understand that these are tough times for newspapers. But economic concerns are not sufficient to make me sacrifice the integrity of a section I have worked for, cared about and worried over for two decades. My departure date depends on when the "review" will run, as I do not want my name associated with the section when it appears.

I would like to stay for two weeks for the sake of the staff, which will be greatly stressed if I leave immediately. But I can also have my desk cleared out by Wednesday morning, which is when we begin work on next week's paper.

Please let me know.

Regretfully,
Virginia

Link: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45

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