Columbus Dispatch staffers on Tuesday received the email below from recently appointed publisher Brad Harmon. My tipster – a retired journalist from that paper – notes that “dressing up in the colors of a major institution that we supposedly cover objectively flies in the face of integrity.” The Dispatch’s editor agrees, and has told his staff they’re exempt. His memo is below the publisher’s.
Let’s support our Ohio State Buckeye’s [sic]!
Wear your OSU gear to work on Friday, November 20th in support of the game with Michigan State on Saturday. If you have appointments with clients then accompany your OSU shirt with business casual attire.
Let’s have some fun!
I’ve asked editor Alan D. Miller if newsroom staffers have to wear Buckeyes clothing, too. The Dispatch was sold to the GateHouse chain in June after being family owned for over a century.
UPDATE — Miller tells Romenesko readers: “The publisher understands that the newsroom operates differently than other divisions of the company, so I sent this to the newsroom staff to clarify that:
While we appreciate the Buckeyes, and while staff members are free to cheer for their favorite teams in their own ways on their own time, we report the news and cheer for no one. So we won’t be wearing Buckeyes gear to work.