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    Do you think it is important for non-paid staff to disclose their day jobs?  

    the most important factor whether students succeed is not their skincolor or their ZIP code or their parents' income - it is the quality of their teacher

    by princss6 on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 08:21:00 PM PST

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    •  Not unless it'd influence what they're writing (7+ / 0-)

      Just like diarists, we have a couple of front pagers who would probably take heat or damage their careers.

      Markos and I know what people do for a living, and we both attempt to be hyperaware of personal conflict in an issue. But it's tough, that line. Laura Clawson, for example, now works for Working America (she began there long after she'd been a contributing editor here) and when there's something about that entity that wants to get the word out in the progressive blogosphere, she diaries under "Working America." But she also knows a lot about labor issues in general -- and did even before she started working there -- and we don't want to lose access to the knowledge of the history of the labor movement.

      Over the past few years, most CE's have started using their own names as the medium gets legitimatized. But it's been their choice when to do so.

      And a majority of the FP writers are up front about it -- sometimes it helps them establish a bit of expertise (like Greg writing about public health matters ... when he's an M.D.). And I think the more a FP'er writes, the more of their own personal situation and history comes out, just mentioned in passing. But I also don't want to get into a situation where "experts" are handing down wisdom from on high to the masses. That's just ... ick. Not the spirit of the place at all.

      Keep in mind that nyceve probably did as much or more on this site to get health care out there as a big issue than anyone else. I have no idea what she does for a living. I DO know she was a bulldog that wouldn't relent, and I think there are many people here who are just as talented and relentless that don't have the proper credentials.

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