Al-Jazeera English columnist lists reasons for disgruntlement

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Al-Jazeera English columnist Sarah Kendzior is expressing dissatisfaction with that outlet:

I may or may not have an op-ed on racial discrimination and wage theft in Al Jazeera English this week. AJE is about to change.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

Writing for AJ English has been great. I will always be grateful to them for running work on poverty, race, and other controversial topics.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

But there are new rules. We're discouraged from researching content of our op-eds. Op-eds should be counterintuitive “hot takes” ala Slate.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

The rules apply to other writers too. You will no longer see the academics + researchers whose in-depth knowledge made the section distinct

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

I’m most read op-ed writer in AJE history. My articles go viral + are acclaimed. But I write about controversial topics in a distinct style.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

No room for freedom of thought under the new model. My heart is broken. I thank everyone for reading. And I will miss you very much.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

They didn't ask me to go. They asked me to not research my own articles and to conform to a model. I don't think that's fair to readers.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

I am very sad to write this. It came as a shock to me and to the other writers. I'm grateful for the past employees who made it what it was.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

Here's my prior work so you can see what they now find inappropriate. Encourage you to read other AJE writers as well http://t.co/LuDeUjePzs

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

This is a lesson for all of you. You can get high traffic. You can get critical acclaim. But touch certain topics, you'll find trouble.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

I have been offered many jobs over last two years. None paid enough to compensate for care for my kids. I'm not rich. Problem in journalism.

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 20, 2014

Well, that last one’s certainly not an across-the-board problem in “journalism.”

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/20/no-room-for-freedom-of-thought-al-jazeera-english-columnist-becomes-disgruntled/

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