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.
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.