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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pity the poor working journalist

A reporter's reward?

Pity the poor working journalist.

Bloggers, no matter their interest and/or energy levels, don't have editors telling them what to cover.

Mark Spivey on the other hand, Plainfield's beat report for the Courier, does have to answer to an editor. After all, stories must be covered.

Mark was at last night's special Zoning Board meeting. When the Board took a break between the two items on its agenda (both Charter school zoning variance requests), we chatted for a moment and Mark allowed as how he had a busy day set up for Tuesday (today) -- he has to be in Municipal Court at 9:00 AM for the continuation of the Angela Kemp matter; at 1:00 PM, he has to be at the Woodbridge Hilton for the auction of five of David Connolly's most valuable apartment buildings; finally, at 7:00 PM, he will be back in Plainfield for the introduction and preliminary adoption of the 2010-2011 school budget.

How's that for a busy day?

At least there is a consolation -- a little bird told me that Mark is being honored by the New Jersey Libraries Association for excellence in general reporting for his coverage of the Plainfield Public Library.

Congrats, Mark!

And have a nice, cold brewski when you get home at last tonight.

If it is still tonight.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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