In journalism, two out of three ain’t good, but it’s better than nothing.
Speaking to City Pages’ Emily Kaiser, Nick Coleman confirmed my report earlier Monday that he accepted the Strib’s buyout and that there’s a non-compete included.
Unfortunately, the facet I headlined — “Where’s Nick? In the Star Tribune’s opinion section” — was wrong. Nick told Kaiser he hasn’t signed a deal — though you shouldn’t take that to mean negotiations haven’t been intense and ongoing.
Also unfortunately, Nick complained I hadn’t called him before publishing. That’s technically true but misleading; I emailed him on Saturday, at his personal address — the one he used to reply to me five minutes after I published. (I only have his work cellphone, which didn’t seem appropriate in this case.)
As anyone who knows Nick knows, it’s hard to get him to do something he doesn’t want to do. And clearly, he didn’t want to talk about this — for the first time in our relationship, I’ve had to chase him for comment.
I understand his career comes before my story, which is why out of deference I waited two days to publish. But I don’t think Nick would let a source’s non-cooperation kill a piece, either.
Had Nick told me up front what he told City Pages after the fact, we wouldn’t have had this one-day drama. Again, though, I made a factual mistake — that responsibility is mine and I apologize.
The silver lining? At least my piece smoked out the information Nick’s fans and Strib readers all want to know.
As for the OpEx column, I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.