Thursday, December 29, 2005

Oh No! Romenesko Takes a Pay Cut!

You know that things are tough all over when the famously selective media blogger Jim Romenesko has to take a pay cut!

Yep, so says the IRS Form 990, recently put online by the Internet database Guidestar.com, which says that Romenesko's pay in 2004 was $150,600 plus $15,799 in benefits and deferred comp. That's down from the comparable numbers of $152,163 and $17,024 that he got in 2003.

Now, if I were Romenesko I'd be a little teed off. After all, other people mentioned on the 990 got raises -- one senior faculty guy got a $20,000 increase to $147,000. Gee, could it be that the folks at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies realize that Romenesko skews his blog to leave out stuff that doesn't fit in with his ideological bias? Such as, for example, downplaying Victor Navasky's role at Columbia Journalism Review?

Anyway, too bad for the lump of coal in Romenesko's stocking. Hopefully he did better in 2005. Guess we'll have to wait till next year to find out.

As readers of this blog may recall, my item last June on Romenesko's pay was ripped off by a New York Times hack named Ken Belson. This gave Barney Calame, who had just signed on as public editor, an opportunity to show his stuff as a management shill. Barney, you'll recall, explained to me in an email that Belson was just wandering through Guidestar.com's 150 million pages and "independently obtained" the salary data.

I don't have Ken's email address, but I do have the email address for his editor Hubert Herring. So to simplify the Times blog-poaching process I'm going to send off a copy of this item to Herring and the Suit.

Here ya go, Hube! Send this off to Ken with my compliments, so that he won't have to expend too much energy when he poaches this item. Then I can complain, and you, Barney, can have another chance to function as a parody of a public editor.
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