Unfair Park Needs a New Lead Blogger

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Nicholson started blogging at age 2 and quickly -- wait, shit, that's him at the bottom.
When Robert Wilonsky unbolted himself from the Unfair Park throne in early 2012, there was a lot of skepticism that his boots could be properly filled. He'd started this blog several years before, one of the first and most successful blogs at an alt-weekly newspaper, and he'd slaved over it ever since.

Then came Eric Nicholson. Eric's a Dallas native, but we found him in the wilds of Arkansas, reporting for the Texarkana Gazette. We didn't know what to expect: He'd solo-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, which we thought was cool (and so did Reese Witherspoon!). He owned a bike, which we thought was cute, and he sometimes ran to work, which we thought was weird. But we didn't argue, 'cause dude worked. Hard.

He's been working that way for going on two years, and in that time he's broken countless stories, including my favorite, in which he alerted City Hall to the horse-abuse abuse allegations made against the guy they'd picked to run their horse park. (For sport, watch the The Dallas Morning News twist itself into an advanced yoga pose trying to ignore the role Eric's reporting played in council's decision to investigate.) He's also grown Unfair Park's traffic from about 600,000 monthly pageviews to around a million, including 1.3 million in December, the blog's biggest month in history.

Nice time for a mic drop, eh?

Sometime soon, Eric will slide into the job vacated recently by Brantley Hargrove, who is leaving the paper to work full-time as a freelance magazine writer, for D Magazine and elsewhere. As good as Eric is as Unfair Park's lead blogger, he'll make an even bigger impact in his new role, where he'll be given the time and space to report and think more deeply, and to stretch muscles, both the writing kind and the actual kind, he wasn't able to stretch as a full-time blogger. He's excited, and we are too.

Of course this means we're back in footwear-filling mode. If you think you or someone you love has what it takes lead Unfair Park -- reporting and writing four posts a day and generally ensuring that we're covering what needs to be covered, in a way that keeps readers reading and lovable weirdos commenting -- send me an email with "Unfair Park" in the subject line. Include a resume, some clips and some sense of what you'd do with Unfair Park.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions I'll try to check back in the comments and answer them.


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Udidit
Udidit

You need more than a new lead blogger.  After a complete and thorough review of the last couple of years on this blog.  It is clear the leadership has not only put this blog in the toilet but flushed it as well.  I started reviewing the headlines that our writers(?) write and 90 percent of them are some sort of social issue baiting. 


It is NOT by accident I have discovered that the direction of this blog is neither right or left wing, it is simple about HATE and ways to promote it, disperse it and relegate it.  Those that create the most HATE here are awarded. Those that try to be sensible or rational or despised and berated until the go away. 


It is clearly fully managed by conservative English men with a profound agenda with Top Commenters from out of State.  


Bottom line-HOPELESS.  

GAA214
GAA214

Dallas Observer = Let your nut's hang. 

dc005
dc005

Having wasted a portion of my life as a lowly scribe,  mostly broadcast,  facing deadlines every minute,  no sane person would take your job.  Reporting accurately (and knowing you'll catch hell from over a million readers if you don't) on four 'enterprise' stories a day,  keeping track of the other story possibilities,  persuading writers to finish on time,  and never going over budget on garage parking or buying a source a grilled cheese sandwich,  will age you fast.   For four completed daily stories you have to have 8 or 10 working,  some for use on future days.  Try keeping all that in your head with noise and people talking to you while you're on the phone.


Anybody over 25 or 28 shouldn't bother to apply,  you can't keep up.


Been there.   Left there.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

"Unfair Park Needs a New Libtard Blogger"

There, I fixed your headline for you. You will receive my invoice in the mail.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Aha, I see Eric finally took me up on my advice to write somewhere else, eh?  Will we be seeing his byline on Infowars anytime soon?

Congrats on the move up, good luck on finding a replacement.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Took this bish to 100 comments. That's gotta' count for something, Eric.

J_A_
J_A_

I liked Eric's posts. He will be missed.

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

Brantley's becoming a newsboy cap and loafer model, right? 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Appears some of the posters are simply jealous of Eric's success.    

pak152
pak152

Hire bmarvel he knows everything and I think he was a journalist at one time, but don't hold that against him

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

I have a question, Tone:

Jews are heavily over-represented in your stable of libtard bloggers. Why? Ten bucks says you hire yet another Jew to give us our daily dose of white-guilt libtard "progressive" propaganda.

JackJett
JackJett

@Udidit  I think that Udidit sums up this blog.  What Tone fails to mention is the jump in pageviews is most likely attributed to the same 3 or 4 FOJ's that post about 50,000 comments a month. 

A few months ago I did some research to find out why this blog had gone down the toilet in such a Jerry Spring/Drudge sort of way.  It was my understanding from Joe Tone that the lack of moderation was due to a lack of funding for such work.  Yet is someone mentioned something negative about certain writers, they were pounced on right away.

I foolishly was confused assuming a writer from the UK would be somewhat liberal and baffled that this blog had gone from a semi-swinging pendulum to far to the right of Falwell/Phelps.   I was wrong. 

My personal feeling is that Joe Tone came in and destroyed everything Wilonsky took years to build.  As Udidit say, it is not left, it is not right, it is PURE HATE and directed at any, ANY minority with one exception.  

I actually sent some of my research to Joe but it was after I discovered that he loves the non stop postings of hate and I have come to the conclusion (and it is just my theory) there is a rational explanation why the biggest and most extreme right wing commenters are not even in our area. 


The good writers leave quickly.  And the few liberal writers here deserve awards for the shit they take from Joe's wingnut's and one can assume from Joe. 


Village Voice is looking at numbers and Joe's Hate Mongering Park will get the hits with comments with most of them patting each other's right wing shoulder in seeing how far they can go with calling a older lady a cunt......yeah...good ONE! 


It is only sad for those of us who use to love to give and take and discussions of various local topics.  And if we got out of hand, Big Bad Bob would come in and send us to our corners.   For a while I was so crazy to think that it might change but too many of the common sense commenters are gone.  So it is what it is.   The only thing that bugs me now is when new people happen to hope on board, they are immediately berated and beaten to a verbal pulp that they never return.  Even Joe and Silverstein will suddenly be available for moderation. 


I'm not going away though.  Much to the dismay of many here.   Far too much gay bashing and homophobia that is promoted here and needs a voice.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

LOL keep on telling yourself whatever it is that makes you feel better

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@pak152 Marvel doesn't fit the desired demographics and has his own things going on.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@libtard_apologist Amazing! You can tell if someone's Jewish by reading their blog comments? How DO you do it?

sancho
sancho

@libtard_apologist  Trolls are funny. If you don't like what the paper is writing, or who is on staff, why would you bother commenting. Trololololololololol. Go back to tossing Rush Limbaugh's salad while anal fisting Glenn Beck.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

It's no big secret that Wilonsky, Tone, Silverstein, and Merlan are Jews.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Well at least you've got that typical convert's zealotry going for you.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Well at least you've got that convert's zealotry. Hire that "pajama boy". He's a Jew and a wimpy beta-male hipster libtard, so he'd fit right in with the rest of your choir. He probably needs work too.

ruddski
ruddski

Congrats, sancho, you've yinned the yang.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@libtard_apologist Not sure how long it's been since you fell out of the treehouse here, but Wilonsky and Merlan, have since moved on to graze in gree.... different pastures.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Yeah. The only other plausible possibility is that you are a paid troll on a mission to make liberals look stupid by association with you.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

So check your Media-Jew Privilege, Silverstein, and give up your job to a non-Jew.

JackJett
JackJett

@amy.silverstein Of all the post of various women being berated to the extreme, what about this one post got you up out of your seat to issue your snark? 

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