On Going From Alt-Weekly to Daily

november 15, 2002  04:32 pm
According to Harris Meyer, Jim DeFede is learning what it means to make the "transition from kicking powerful butts in the pages of the freewheeling (Miami) New Times to doing the same at the more sedate (Miami) Herald." Meyer reports that DeFede, speaking at a local SPJ meeting, said that when he wrote a tough column criticizing two local businessmen, the Herald was "flooded with angry responses" and "the paper essentially repudiated his column in an editorial the next day lavishing praise" on the targets of DeFede's ire. On the other hand, DeFede said, Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas now returns his calls.