Media drama in Hudson

A Hudson Register-Star reporter was fired after a disagreement over whether to mention in a story that a city alderman didn't stand for the pledge of allegiance, Sam Pratt reports (the reporter wanted to pull his byline after the mention was inserted). That in turn prompted the city editor and two other reporters to resign in protest, as well as a a protest letter from other staffers at the paper. Romenesko's picked up the story. And the Register-Star? It's posted a job ad for a reporter. [Sam Pratt] [Gossips of Rivertown] [Sam Pratt] [Romenesko] [Journalism Jobs]

Comments

As an aside, I think it's interesting that there is, apparently, little or no copy editing of reporter's stories at the Register-Star. According to Sam Pratt:

'Register-Star articles are seldom copy-edited or substantially changed before publication. Reporters’ texts typically fly straight from their own keyboard into print, with little or no editorial oversight. “It’s kind of frightening, really,” said one source familiar with the paper’s production system,” saying that “typically, they are so hands off, the news runs itself....'

Even at small-town papers, I've always imagined some grizzled veteran editor, pounding a fist on the desk, throwing a reporter's copy back, and grunting out with some words of advice about journalistic standards.

I guess I've watched too many movies.

I would be OK with the council skipping the pledge of allegiance and/or the alderman standing silently during the pledge.
However, not standing for the pledge of allegiance, or the National Anthem, is disrespectful.
As an ex-Marine, I would take it personally.

@Bob, Rest assured that the no-editor model is not the norm (thank goodness!), even at most smaller papers. But they're not usually grizzled old grouches, either, nor do they keep flasks in their desks like the old movies would suggest.

I'm kind of thick, so let me understand - a guy didn't stand for the pledge, and the reporter didn't think that the act of not standing for the pledge was worth reporting.... do I have that right?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (warm, wet), to Christmas,... (more)

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by gifts, latkes, donuts, candles, sparkly lights and a partridge in a pear tree. It was also brought to... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + Daniel and the Best Dozen stopped in at Stewart's for donuts. + Christina... (more)

10x10: Casinos, John Oliver, new spots

A while back we did a thing where wrote 10 reviews/comments in no more than 10 words each. People seemed to like it, and it... (more)

Holiday gifts: Deanna Fox

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past... (more)

Recent Comments

The ones I got from Gershon's were very good. I enjoyed them immensely and appreciated not having to make them.

Good sledding hills?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Erika F

Capital Region gets $60 million in Regional Economic Development Awards

...has 1 comment, most recently from Peter Lacovara

Where to get latkes?

...has 15 comments, most recently from xina

Miss Pearl: Who you calling honey, sugar?

...has 14 comments, most recently from mtnbiker

Local food gifts

...has 10 comments, most recently from Carolyn