McClatchy pizza reversal

By: - November 4, 2008 4:10 pm

As the rain continues to fall and Raleigh’s political world is holding its collective breath waiting for the polls to close and the election results to start popping up on the State Board of Elections results page, news just in about a stunning reversal of election night pizza policy at the News & Observer, via a forum at Poynter Online.

A N&O employee forwarded Poynter inside emails with the details about pizzagate. Newsroom Operations Director Susan Spring sent the staff a clear message yesterday morning about what to expect, pizza-wise, on election night.

I want to remind you that pizza will be provided tomorrow night ONLY for those working on elections. Please be polite. If you are working elections, you may have up to TWO slices. Thank you in advance for being considerate.

So hungry staff working on elections can have pizza, but only two slices. Hungry staff working on other news will remain hungry.

Then Executive Editor John Drescher weighed in to remove all limits. No reporters will go hungry.

There will be no two-slice limit Tuesday night (although if Susan Spring chases you with a knife in her hand, you are on your own). And anyone who is here can partake.

There you have it. Pizza crisis averted at the state’s newspaper of record. How much longer until the polls close?

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066