Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ESPN staffer balks at wearing AFL shirt

An ESPN staffer has journalistic ethics and principles and is peeved his superiors want him to wear an AFL shirt when welcoming AFL guys to the office/campus in Bristol. Via Romenesko:
  • "ESPN content veep John Skipper wants his employees to wear their complimentary AFL shirts "as a symbol of welcome to our Arena Football guests." A staffer writes to Romenesko: "I find it increasingly difficult to square such promotional stunts with my journalistic ethics and principles. We're supposed to objectively cover the AFL, and yet we're being asked to wear an AFL t-shirt to show our support when the league's bosses walk through the newsroom?""
From Poynter.org/Romenesko, including memo, 5/15/07"ESPN Staffers Told to Wear Arena Football League Shirts."

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