DMN Staffers Join Worst-Named Journalism Project In History

Jennifer LaFleur and Michael Grabell are leaving the Dallas Morning News to join ProPublica, “a non-profit newsroom producing journalism in the public interest.” LaFleur, who I believe played tight end for the Cowboys, will be director of computer-assisted reporting, while Grabell will be a staff reporter. (As well, the executive editor from Texas Observer will be doing the public-interest journo thing.) If you haven’t heard of ProPublica, it’s a high-profile Serious Journalism Exercise run by a former bigwig at the Wall Street Journal. I think it’s also the name of a bank catering to professional athletes. I’m not a reporter, so I have no way to doublecheck that. Oh, and, yes, this is more bad news for the DMN. Let us all hold the eff onto our hats in a show of solidarity.


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7 responses to “DMN Staffers Join Worst-Named Journalism Project In History”

  1. Jeff says:

    I just hope there’ll be a bunch of stories with usages like “the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.”

  2. Bethany says:

    That is one dropped L from being a hirsute porn site.

  3. Spamboy says:

    I had a nasty bout of propublica in college. A good delousing, and I’m as good as new.

  4. jrp says:

    paul steiger, that former WSJ ME and BMOC of this new publication, has an enormous ego (and a pretty big head, as well) and truly believes he can transform journalism by only following stories he and his team deem worth of investigation to uncover alleged “exploitation of the weak by the strong”

    best of all the content we will be free with the oper budget coming entirely from donations. i give it three years before they start taking ads, if not, fold completely

    but what do i know? maybe it will be a huge success and i’m all for trying new things

  5. Bobby Ewing says:

    Is there a posting on here that does not have a comment from Bethany? Love ya…but I picture you at the Starbucks on Knox canoodling with your coffee cake, checking your portfolio every hour or so, and chirping on the blog with all your spare time. Either that or a bitchin’ trailer in Balch Springs. Hanging with Steve Blow.

  6. Bethany says:

    I’m actually in a cubical, Bobby, I swear. I’m just really good at multi-tasking.

  7. sqirt says:

    What is “in a cubical” a euphamism for?