Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com parent Interstate General Media doesn’t want employees talking to reporters from other outlets about Inquirer editor Bill Marimow’s firing and the fighting among owners. Also, staffers are warned about their social media messages.
“I recognize that seeing a story posted could prompt your need to comment and/or respond to a post or blog, but that should not occur since you are not authorized to comment on behalf of our company and its publications,” says the HR boss. The memo:
From: Bonanducci, Chris
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:50 PM
To: All IGM Employees
Subject: Communicating with the Media Company Policy
All IGM Employees:
I want to take a moment to remind you of the Company policy relating to Communicating with the Media. Any contact you receive from the media regarding Interstate General Media (IGM) and IGM’s print/digital publications should be immediately directed to the attention of Mark Block, Vice President of External Relations for a response. You should limit your response to any media inquiry, by immediately forwarding Mark the telephone/email online request and/or advising the media source requesting comment that your request will be responded to by IGM’s Office of External Relations and then providing Mark’s name, email and office number (215)854-xxxx. Please refrain from engaging the member of the media contacting you in any exchange and/or discussion regarding the subject of their request.
In addition, social media and online publications that reach out to you in the context of social media platforms and blogs would also be applicable to our policy of alerting Mark Block to the media request and/or online story. I recognize that seeing a story posted could prompt your need to comment and/or respond to a post or blog, but that should not occur since you are not authorized to comment on behalf of our company and its publications.
Thanks for your cooperation. Please do not hesitate to let me or Mark Block know if you have additional questions, or would like to review our employee guidelines relative to media inquiries.
Vice President, Human Resources
* Statement in support of dismissed editor Bill Marimow (change.org)
* Co-owner George Norcross has been trying to impose his will on the Inquirer, and Marimow has been fighting that (citypaper.net)
* Why publisher Bob Hall says he fired Marimow (citypaper.net)