After being censured on his own blog for “a pattern of incomplete attribution,” media blogger Jim Romenesko has resigned from Poynter. He was slated to “semi-retire” in just seven weeks to start his own blog.
Yesterday, Romenesko’s editor Julie Moos published a post on Romenesko+ detailing the fact that many of Romenesko’s aggregated posts had lifted phrases directly from the source articles. (None of the original authors had ever complained about Romenesko’s writing.) Moos's criticism of Romensko caused outrage among his colleagues in the media sphere, where he is a well-respected figure.
Moos said, at the time, that Romenesko had submitted his resignation, but that she had refused it. But last night, Romenesko confirmed via Twitter that Poynter had accepted his resignation. “This really did throw me for a loop,” he told the New York Times in an email. “I think I’d probably prefer to go quietly.”