Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stereotype Reinforced

Case study on the career evolution of the modern American journalist:

Sally Williams, books editor since 2003, is leaving the Star Tribune. She has accepted a position as director of public relations for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Her last day at the newspaper will be June 3.

In 25 years here (interrupted by three years at the Seattle Post Intelligencer), Sally has been books editor, Pol/Gov team leader, World/Nation team leader/reporter, Social Issues team leader, assistant city editor and copy editor.

I feel sorry for the other applicants for this position. For a public relations position at a liberal advocacy organization, nothing on a resume screams "QUALIFIED" more than experience as an editor at the Star Tribune.