[AEJMC Newspaper Division list] An apology about the Journalism Resource post
reader at ohio.edu
Wed Nov 30 07:51:34 CST 2011
Chris -- No apologies necessary. It provides a very interesting case study, and I found the sales pitch, the poorly constructed site, and the responses to be mildly entertaining. I, for one, am glad that you shared it; now we can be on guard against that and similar sites of questionable integrity that could harm our collective cause.
On Nov 30, 2011, at 8:39 AM, Roberts, Chris wrote:
> I made a mistake this week when I allowed that TopjournalismSchools post onto our listserv. The spammer's email lied about creating a site to be a "truly effective Journalism education resource," and I figured it was something that people would want to see it because it mentioned many of our schools.
> I fell for it. My crap detector wasn't working, and in my haste I didn't run a whois search.
> My apologies for wasting your time. (Feel free to use me as an example in your classes for the "you can't trust the Internet" lecture.)
> Lots of people have commented -- but the listserv apparently did not post many of the messages I approved, which is something we'll look into.
> On the bright side, this is the most traffic our listserv has generated in months. Please use it. My TA and I updated the listserv's address list this month to more closely match our membership roll.
> Meanwhile, keep a good thought as Vice Chair for programming Jin Yang and I go to Louisville, Ky., where we participate in planning the programming for AJEMC 2012 in Chicago. We'll report back once the dust from Saturday's chip auction has settled.
> Chris Roberts
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