Longform

Knight Ridder Follies

New Times obtained this e-mail sent from the Miami Herald Publishing Company to its employees:

"For this year's Annual Meeting video, all MHPC employees are invited to participate in a group shot scheduled for Tuesday, January 18 from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. We will be closing off NE 14th Street and will have a video crew on hand as a choreographer leads everyone in a few very simple hip-hop dance moves. Your participation is important, as we'd like to get as many people as possible in this shot. As always, break-out performances are encouraged and appreciated."

Passing by the scene at the appointed time yielded the sighting of an enthusiastic dance instructor on a flatbed truck coaching the small crowd through Tone Loc's "Wild Thing." No luck catching publisher Alberto Ibargüen doing a thugged-out two-step, or Carl Hiaasen rocking the all-the-way-to-the-bank bounce. But we did find executive editor Tom Fiedler in the back row executing a very effective pigeon-wing movement.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Tristram Korten
Contact: Tristram Korten