I invited Wooldridge and Herald executive editor Mindy Marques to comment.
Update: Herald managing editor Rick Hirsch sends this email:
Jane Wooldridge is our business editor. She and her husband, a Miami architect, are selling their home. Like most people who sell their homes, she hired a real estate agent.
Her real estate agent has an annual contract with the Miami Herald that includes a weekly ad on our Monday business magazine. This week, the agent included Jane’s home in that ad. The ad does not indicate who the home belongs to.
Jane played no role in placing the advertisement. She does not oversee our real estate reporter, who reports to a senior editor.
We see no conflict in a Herald employee patronizing an advertiser.
* Selling your home – the Miami Herald way (randompixels.blogspot.com) | Tour the home (warning: music kicks in)
* Earlier: Globe and Mail columnist uses “Home of the Week” feature to sell her place (jimromenesko.com)