A Journalist’s Story: How I Almost Became Executive Editor of a Fake Newspaper

By: Jim Romenesko | JimRomenesko.com

The Gainesville (Ga.) Times reported this week that a 25-year-old man who set up a “fake newspaper” called the Gainesville Observer was jailed and expected to be charged with deception and theft of services.

A Romenesko reader was interviewed by that man, Joshua Brian Randolph (aka Kevin Cobb), and offered the executive editor position last winter. He wrote yesterday: “If you promise not to use my name (I don’t want my current employer to know about this) and if you’re interested I can send you an email about it.” Here’s a tightened version of it:

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