BY BUDDY NEVINS
South Florida reporter Marci Shatzman needs to take a chill pill.
Shatzman this week violated one of the major rules of journalism: Don’t embarrass your boss.
Baited by a Palm Beach County political figure who was criticizing journalists, Shatzman stormed out a meeting. Shouting threats about cutting off future coverage.
Someone had a cell phone camera, which Shatzman should have anticipated in today’s world.
The video – a link is below – quickly made the round on the Internet.
This is bad news for the Sun-Sentinel, even though Shatzman doesn’t work for the newspaper per se. She works for the Forum newspaper group, a chain of free weeklies owned by the Sun-Sentinel.
Worse in the Sun-Sentinel’s eyes, it was reprinted by JimRomenesko.com, which is viewed in every newsroom in the country because of its inside scoops on the media. None of the mucky-mucks at the Sun-Sentinel like to see the company’s name mentioned negatively in Romenesko.
Marci, you were invited to the political forum as a guest, not as one of the participants.
Don’t let them get to you. Ignore it.
Take a lesson from me: During my career I listened to numerous idiots. Some were mouth-breathing, knuckle dragging nitwits who clearly didn’t know what they were talking about. (And some of those were editors, but that’s another column.) I tried to just smile and take notes.
I didn’t let them get to me because they were potential sources. And , as ill-informed as they were, their opinion was as important as mine to the newspaper.
But most of all, they were Sun-Sentinel readers and customers!
So Marci, I say this with all due respect, in the future: Cool it.
Here is Marci’s YouTube video