A few weeks ago, I was at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham for the weekly meeting when we talk about what’s going to go in the Sunday paper (Here’s where I’m just going to have to lay it flat out — I’m the Sunday editor for the Milford edition). I had taken the tour of the New England Regional Biosafety Lab at Tufts’ Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine and, on a whim, mentioned in the meeting that I thought it might be a good thing for us to write about, given that it’s less than a mile away from Westborough, which is included in our coverage area.
My editor fixed me with a look. I dread this look.
“And why haven’t you written about this for us?” he said.
I tried to justify it with geography — I work at the Daily News in Milford, this is clearly a MetroWest story — but I knew it was a lost battle the second I got the look.
“Can you think of anyone in this newsroom who knows more about it than you do already?” he asked.
No. It’s just kind of crossing my personal boundary point but hey, I guess I’m going to have to get over it.
See, here’s the thing: I can blog about Grafton because we do not cover Grafton. There is no conflict of interest. I stick to my married name in town and let that other person who looks like me but carries my maiden name do her writing thing away from the Grafton town limits. And I’m very strict about blogging — if it’s something that fits the blog I write for work, I’ll put it there and just link from here.
All this is my roundabout way of saying this: hey, I wrote a 40-inch story about the biosafety lab. Wanna take a look?