I have received an illuminating response to my post on regional newpaper giant Newsquest’s new ‘social networking policy’ – from the company’s ‘managing director, digital media’, Roger Green.
In that post, I accused Newquest of potentially turning its excellent tweeting reporters into rule breakers with its ‘retrograde diktats’. The policy was shelved within 48 hours.
When I enquired whether this had been a result of the furore it caused, Mr Green emailed me to say that he hadn’t seen the policy but its critics were guilty of mischievous “Newsquest-bashing spin”.
Oddly, he defended the document using words that were nearly identical to those used by blog trolls ‘Morrow666′ and ‘Doris Archer’ here and here. I wonder how Morrow and Doris could have been so well acquainted with the company line?
The blog post below questions the wisdom of Newsquest’s new ‘social networking policy’, which rules out many of the productive online practices of its journalists. I have just heard that Newsquest has SHELVED the policy in response to the outrage it caused among its own journalists this week. I have emailed managing director Roger Green and James Trudgian, head of audience development, to ask if this is true and why the policy has been withdrawn. I will update again when I have the company’s official response.