Departing MCS PR staffer scolds media

Memphis City Schools communications coordinator Quintin Taylor is leaving his job with the school system – but not without a parting shot at some of the journalists who have covered MCS during his time in the position.

At one point, he pleads with the local media to “reevaluate how you cover MCS” and blasts what he sees as “relentless efforts to ‘expose’ or ‘attack’.”

He writes: “I asked a local reporter once ‘Who holds you accountable for inaccurate and misleading reporting?’ I never got an answer. In my humble opinion, that is troubling and it should make some take a look in the mirror and evaluate how they go about their job. I don’t believe some realize that ‘the story’ for the day has a lasting and profound negative impact on this system. While you move on to the next, it is the system that has to lick its wounds and try to recover. Please reconsider how you cover Memphis City Schools. It deserves better!”

His full farewell note is below the jump -

Dear Media Colleagues,

I write to say Thank You and Farewell. The time has come for me to transition into the next chapter of my life. Over the past four years I have had the pleasure of working with you and providing communications support as a member of the Memphis City Schools Communications staff.

And I did it the only way I know how…passionately and loyally.

During my time with MCS, I know that our relationship at times has been rocky and even strained. Having said that, I hope you understand and respect that my obligation was to fight for and protect our district as well as ADVOCATE for the children of Memphis City Schools! Even in my new endeavor this will not change. Someone from the media asked me “why do you care so much?” It is simple. Most of the kids in this system remind me of myself when I was a kid. They just need someone, somebody to advocate and say “you are talented, you can achieve, you can be great…despite your environment….you can and you will!” Thankfully I had engaged, loving and caring parents and support system. Many of them do not. That is why I care and that is why WE have to ADVOCATE for them.

I know you have a job to do, but I plead with some of you to reevaluate how you cover MCS. The overwhelming majority of our students and staff are good people and work really hard every day. They do not deserve the treatment and coverage that is often given. The relentless efforts to “expose” or “attack” do not yield anything positive for the kids, MCS employees, or this city…and they all deserve better.

For those of you who are fair, balanced, and objective in your reporting…Thank You! After all, that is what true journalism is all about. While we have our issues, we are not as bad as we have been portrayed.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that MCS and its Communications Department is in much better shape than it was 4 years ago. PLEASE DO NOT DIMINISH or UNDERMINE this fact. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Cash and his team and Staci Franklin we are in a better place. And I tend to believe that I have had a little something to do with that, as I have given my blood, sweat, tears, and everything I had for the sake of fairness, objectivity, transparency, and the truth!

I asked a local reporter once “Who holds you accountable for inaccurate and misleading reporting?” I never got an answer. In my humble opinion, that is troubling and it should make some take a look in the mirror and evaluate how they go about their job. I don’t believe some realize that “the story” for the day has a lasting and profound negative impact on this system. While you move on to the next, it is the system that has to lick its wounds and try to recover. Please reconsider how you cover Memphis City Schools. It deserves better!

Whatever your beliefs are, I pray for continued blessings upon each of you and your families.

Cordially,

Quintin D. Taylor

Communications Coordinator

Memphis City Schools

 

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