Scott Burgess’ story of journalistic integrity has come to a satisfying conclusion with The Detroit News auto critic returning to his position at the paper after a tumultuous week.
Burgess resigned his position a week ago when the paper bowed to threats by an advertiser and subsequently edited some of the writers work in its online edition. While it didn’t change the overall theme of the piece, the edited review of his Chrysler 200 Convertible review was significantly less impactful.
In a memo sent to his colleagues at the paper, Burgess writes that, “the reason for me to come back has everything to do with all of you. The Detroit News is filled with world caliber reporters in every department. And the strength of your character and commitment to journalism has shined — in all of the notes I received, the phone calls and overwhelming support not simply by saying nice things to me, but speaking your mind, worries and concerns. The Detroit News is not a building or even a newspaper, it’s a group of people I am proud to call my colleagues and friends.”
Score one for integrity.