Diary: Micron redefines good journalism

It sometimes seems as if PR pros would be perfectly happy writing our articles themselves. But wouldn’t that destroy editorial integrity?

It sometimes seems as if PR pros would be perfectly happy writing our articles themselves. But wouldn’t that destroy editorial integrity?

It sometimes seems as if PR pros would be perfectly happy writing

our articles themselves. But wouldn’t that destroy editorial

integrity?



Apparently not - at least not at The Idaho Statesman.



Jim Bartimo, a business editor at The Statesman, left his job after

learning that a story on Micron Technology had to be submitted to Micron

executives for review before it could be published.



Bartimo said the practice was ’like running a story on politicians past

the statehouse.’ But an attorney for the paper, Wendell Van Lare,

defended the practice, calling it ’good journalism.’ No, it sounds more

like great PR to us.



Van Lare said Micron did find an error, which was corrected, while

Bartimo - who had other axes to grind at the paper - said the final

piece ended up a bit fluffier than he left it. The paper’s managing

editor declined comment.



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