Great articles continue to cover the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s (NEOMG) decision to 1) take down a video they created and published of Ohio Governor John Kasich and his two gubernatorial challengers and 2) not tell anyone why they’ve taken it down.
The most recent and thorough pieces include:
- From Columbia Journalism Review, News executives need to explain why video of an Ohio campaign interview disappeared;
- The continuously updated post at NYU journalism professor, Jay Rosen’s blog, Chris Quinn, vice president for content at the Northeast Ohio Media Group… What’s up?;
- Sharp commentary from the vice-president of information media at the Rubber City Radio Group in Akron, Ed Esposito: Online Smell-O-Vision;
- Cleveland Scene, which has published a new piece today, Chris Quinn’s Thunderous Silence Spurs Theories Over the NEOMG’s Gubernatorial Endorsement Video
- an anticipated item from WCPN’s Nick Castele who tweeted that he is working on something;
- Connie Schultz has had at least a couple of great Facebook threads in which people are commenting on the situation.
The main thing upon which everyone agrees is this: no matter what the reason was for taking down newsworthy online content that had been online for at least a few days already, NEOMG – and specifically VP of Content, Chris Quinn, need to provide a response to the insiders, the outsiders and everyone in between.
What’s the damage look like? It looks like this:
No credibility is deserved by an NEOMG editorial that might lambaste a public servant, governmental entity or any entity for that matter for a failure to be transparent if NEOMG’s editorial board doesn’t hold itself to its professional standards that are identified as being at the core of journalism.
Now, if journalism isn’t at the core of NEOMG anymore and content-marketing and profit-making are, then they should proclaim that and stop undermining the journalism that is being produced by the Plain Dealer side of the operation, and likely by at least some folks at the cleveland.com side. This expectation isn’t fairytale stuff, as David Carr, just today, writes when he describes how the Texas Tribune is doing, five years out.
Do we have a Texas Tribune in us? Goodness knows we need one.