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U.S. media giant slaps me down

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I’ve had trouble sleeping and focussing throughout the day since being told by a U.S. media giant that my work is shallow.

Paul Hughes of Huffington Post is the one to deliver the devastating news.

Late last year, during one of my shifts as a general reporter on nights, I followed an RCMP news release about charges against an individual in a remote community, a person also involved in municipal politics. The charges, yet to be proven in court, were unrelated to the municipal post to which the individual had been elected.

Hughes emailed me, saying he had more information about the individual and the community, and offered to collaborate on uncovering the alleged dirt.

We declined, pointing out that the matter was before the courts, and we’d let the courts do their thing.

Presumably Hughes has been too busy uncovering massive scandals in the U.S. to get back to me, at least until yesterday, when he emailed more than two months later to tell me how shallow my work is.

Gasp.

The only previous tenuous connection I had to The Huffington Post was when it tweeted the internationally infamous story I broke about students being duped into putting moose droppings in their mouths while on a school canoe trip. the HP credited the story to a New York newspaper, three weeks after the WFP first reported it.

And I recall once being at a conference, and hearing a CBC reporter tell the audience that I was shallow. I realized then what an incredibly gifted reporter she was, since we’d never met, and it takes most people at least 10 minutes of knowing me to realize how shallow I am.

Sigh.

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About Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.

He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.

Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.

Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.

Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.

Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.

Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.

A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.

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