Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Time for Another Blogger Ethics Panel

They're going to have to clone me so I can do them all.

I started the research for this article last April, when I was still a reporter at the Tribune.

It started as an assignment to analyze some executive compensation data for the paper’s annual CEO pay section. As I crunched the numbers, it became apparent that FitzSimons’ pay would figure prominently in the article. It seemed like an article we needed to publish, even if it would reflect negatively on the Tribune’s top exec.

So I wrote it. My editor signed off on it. The copy desk cleared it and slated it for publication last May.

And then, 36 hours before the article was to appear, it was killed. Tribune editors ducked questions about why they hadn’t run the article, and declined to schedule it for publication.