CJR story reports “hostile and abusive” environment at Review-Journal

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hkeely, CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons
R-J sign thing
hkeely, CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons

Under the headline “The newspaper that #MeToo missed,” the Columbia Journalism Review Wednesday published a lengthy and detailed account of sexual harassment allegations at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The article’s author, Jennifer Robison, chronicles “a number of inappropriate behaviors by a group of men who worked together off and on at various media companies over several decades and took over the Las Vegas media world.” The group includes former publisher Craig Moon, and current R-J publisher Keith Moyer.

The paper has been hit with several harassment and discrimination filings, made payouts with nondisclosure agreements, been characterized as a hostile work environment in state unemployment filings, and complaints have been made to the paper’s human resources department by “staffers who claimed that the office atmosphere was hostile and abusive,” Robison wrote.

Robison is a former R-J business reporter who now lives and works in San Francisco. After Sheldon Adelson quietly bought the R-J in 2015, Robison was among the journalists at the paper who would become heralded by the profession for discovering and disclosing who owned the newspaper they were working for.

In addition to detailing allegations of harassment and discrimination, Robison’s piece describes how R-J executives repeatedly declined to comment for her article, and threatened suits against Robison and the Nevada Independent, where Robison initially had intended to publish the piece. Expressing confidence in Robison’s reporting but citing the threat of costly litigation, the non-profit Independent decided not to publish, so Robison took the piece to Columbia Journalism Review.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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