Paul Krugman and The Nobel Prize in economics – We’d like all of them back EXCEPT FOR Paul Krugman.

Min kommentar till att Paul Krugman får ”Nobels” ekonomipris (en utnämning så PK fast inte av lika ”hög” klass som Al Gores fredspris):

Tidskriften Slaters chefredaktör Cyrus Krohn (som var med från starten 1996 och blev chefredaktör i juli 2002) skrev ett memo till chefsjuristen på Microsoft (tidskriften ägdes av Microsoft vid tillfället) för att klaga på att New York Times ”snodde” deras bästa reportrar. Och att detta var ett brott mot den ”non-compete clause” som journalisterna undertecknat.

Och här kommer den obetalbara slutklämmen (som jag till fullo delar) – ”But just in case, we’d like all of them back except for Paul Krugman”.

Paul Krugman jobbade där mellan1996 och1999 då han gick till NYT,

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Topic: Memos Sent to Romenesko

Date/Time: 9/5/2003 1:06:35 PM

Title: Slate publisher’s memo re losing staff to NYT

Posted By: Jim Romenesko

TO: Brad Smith

Sr. Vice President, Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs

FROM: Cyrus Krohn

Publisher, Slate Magazine

RE: Non-Compete Clause & Contractual Interference

Dear Brad:

As per my voicemail earlier today, I would like to bring to your attention an ongoing problem we’re experiencing at Slate.

A prominent East Coast newspaper, The New York Times, has been poaching from Slate, taking key writers and editors invaluable to our evolving franchise. Several years ago I viewed these departures as testament to Slate’s reputation within our industry. Being recognized by the media establishment as a breeding ground of top journalists was rewarding. But no longer do I hold these egress offenders in such high regard.

Granted the New York Times has been experiencing talent problems of their own lately, but that’s no excuse to ”brain drain” us. In my seven years with Slate, I’ve seen the Times make off with no fewer than five Slatesters. And just last week, they tried to hire away our esteemed editor-in-chief, Jacob Weisberg, according to this item in the New York Post. While the opportunity offered Weisberg was beneath his abilities, I’m thankful he didn’t follow his former colleagues.

Our mantra at Slate is to support budding journalists growing in their profession. Should a better opportunity present itself, by all means go forward. But this trend must cease. Our staff are bound by the non-compete clause they signed upon employment, and I was wondering if you could spare some time for Slate now that the DOJ case is behind us? This tortuous contractual interference is beginning to have adverse effects on us.

It’s improbable we’ll be able to recoup our losses. But just in case, we’d like all of them back except for Paul Krugman.

I appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you.



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