Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Anonymous postings lead to dismissal

Justin Quinn, a courthouse reporter for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, lost his job after it was discovered that he had been posting anonymous comments to a talkback forum on the paper's Web site.

In a letter, Quinn, who had worked for the paper for more than six years, apologized for his postings, saying he regretted his actions, but adding that he felt the need "to set the record straight about the topics he covered." Eventually, he began adding his personal opinions to the mix.

"It is extremely hard to sit idly by when people are misstating facts," he said. "They obviously have not read the article. It's just hard to sit there and take it."

Thanks to Romenesko for the link.


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