The unfavorable news keeps piling up at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. More than 70 newsroom staffers take buyouts, including college football guru Tony Barnhart and longtime business columnist Maria Saporta. Cox Enterprises decides to sell some newspapers.
The latest, though, concerns the abrupt departures of three top newsroom editors. The AJC was quiet about the whole thing, but the blogosphere is not.
Other blogs say the deposed editors were involved in an incident at the Pink Pony strip club, and that AJC-issued cell phones were involved. (Disclaimer: Do NOT take these links as endorsements of accuracy, merely as acknowledgement of what’s abuzz online. I do not condone ignoring newsworthy items, as the mainstream media did with the John Edwards affair.)
Given the tenuous nature of journalism employment these days, one would think people would avoid anything that smelled of impropriety. There are no secrets in the 21st century. Witness the Josh Jarboe video incident at Oklahoma.