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Newsroom managers, why don't you publicly post your guaranteed-to-leak memos about staff controversies?
Jim Romenesko's media-news site has a memo (http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/19/the-atlantic-president-explains-the-scientology-advertorial-screw-up/) by The Atlantic president Scott Havens about that site's dubious decision to sell a "sponsored content" article to Scientology. The memo is odd--Havens suggests there was nothing squicky about the choice of sponsor--but it showing up on Romenesko is not.
That happens all the time. And yet editors and publishers seem incapable of taking the obvious step: publishing these staff-wide memos on their own sites first.
That would show welcome transparency before readers. It would acknowledge the obvious--that these documents are written for public consumption. And it would get some of the traffic otherwise won by the likes of Romenesko.