Departing AP biz reporter blasts biz news management

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Janna Herron, a former business reporter for the Associated Press, sent a farewell e-mail on Friday as her parting shot that criticized business news management at the wire service.

The e-mail was posted on Romenesko.

Herron wrote, “I also appreciated the camaraderie that management helped to foster in the newsroom: reporters working together and helping one another; editors encouraging, developing and motivating reporters; and, of course, happy hours that weren’t good-byes.

“Sadly, that is not the department I leave today.

“I’m the 56th person to leave since the newsroom’s management style turned negative and mean-spirited three years ago. And I’m sure I’m not the last. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

“So, best wishes to everyone. You’re all better editors, reporters and writers than what you’ve been told, and you deserve better leadership.”

Read more here. The AP declined to comment to Romenesko.