New boss wants to hire his unqualified friend. What to do?
August 4, 2014 7:37 PM Subscribe
The company I work for has a new owner. He wants to hire a friend to do part of my job, a part I don't want to give up. This friend is grossly unqualified and downright mean, but the owner is head over heels. Help me figure out what to do. (I don't want to do the job of two people. I'm already extremely overworked. I am aware that life is unfair.) Bunches of snowflakes inside.
I'm an editor at a major-market news organization in the Pacific Northwest. The company has a new owner. I oversee the food coverage and desperately need more resources (money, manpower), but I hate owner's latest idea: hire a buddy with a blog to do part of my job, which involves a great deal of writing and editing, as well as the ability to meet super-tight deadlines, deal with difficult people, and minimize conflicts of interest. The friend works in sales and has no writing/editing portfolio. The small amount of writing on his blog is absolutely horrible (owner can't tell decent writing from crap), and a lot of content from other blog contributors (handpicked by the friend) is downright embarrassing. He mentions on the blog that he's "a total amateur" when it comes to culinary topics. There are lots of qualified people looking for media work, especially food editor gigs. They know when someone can't hack it. Oh, and the guy in question has some serious deficiencies in the people-skills department.
Other pertinent details: New owner's background is sales and marketing. A cardinal rule of journalism is that editorial material (news reports, restaurant reviews, etc.) must not be shaped by the demands of advertisers or other business interests, in part to minimize bias. Owner loves how his friend's blog promotes A-list businesses. A news organization wouldn't promote a business; it would report on it or critique it. Owner either doesn't understand the difference or doesn't care.
Bonus: New owner has insinuated that I'm not "cool" enough for my position, which he thinks is for "the biggest hipster in town, the tattooed guy who tells everybody what's cool so they don't ever think about asking anyone else." This friend of his is not cool or a hipster, in my opinion, and these things should not matter. A reputable news organization is not a hype machine for the restaurants the owner would like on his client list. I've politely told him I want to get together and talk about ideas I have for the company, things I wasn't permitted to try under the old owners, but he won't meet with me. I don't want to waste time trying to prove my value if this is a hopeless case. Is it? Am I on the verge of getting screwed because I'm not a tattooed loudmouth? What should my next move be? (Thanks for reading to the end. I know this is long! Throwaway email: email@example.com)