Blurred line of weblogs

12:00AM Tuesday September 10, 2002

By JULIAN MATTHEWS

On July 26, a veteran journalist for the Houston Chronicle was fired after he was outed for maintaining a weblog, or online journal.

Steve Olafson covered the Brazoria County beat, but on the side - without telling his bosses - he also adopted the pseudonym Banjo Jones and posted personal commentaries and musings on a weblog called Brazosport News.

Olafson confessed the weblog was just a “creative outlet”. But some of the writing belittled rival papers and mocked local politicians, raising the ire of Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen, who promptly sacked him.

The incident makes an interesting argument on what is expected of an employee both on and off duty.
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