I’m shocked to find out that Ramiro Burr quit. Though initially I became aware of him because he wrote about Tejano music, amongst others, lately I’ve been able to read his work via blogging, etc.
From the Houston Press’ blog, Houstoned:
Music writer Ramiro Burr, who for years has written columns and stories for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, has resigned.
Express-News editor Robert Rivard says Burr â€œcaused [the paper] to unknowingly publish work under his name that was not, in fact, his own work.â€
A writer Burr used has hired a lawyer seeking byline credit for stories he worked on.
On his blog, Burr says he resigned as a way of â€œtaking things to the next level,â€ which apparently means the Web. He says he had â€œeditorial differencesâ€ with the Express-News over crediting other writers who worked for him.
From an article in the Houston Chronicle:
“It was the work of at least one other writer who did not receive credit and who we did not know about. Ramiro decided on his own to resign just as our investigation was concluding and we were preparing to take appropriate action. We have a zero tolerance policy whenever someone on our staff presents work as their own that is not their own.”
In a brief statement, Burr said, “I sincerely apologize for breaking any rules.”
Whatever is going on, it’s sad to acknowledge that he’s no longer going to be writing for the Houston Chronicle.