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Albo Ousted From NYT

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Critical Shopper Mike Albo has lost his gig at the New York Times following a mini scandal involving a press junket to Jamaica. Albo was among a group of journalists and new-media types who were recently shown a good time in Jamaica by JetBlue and Thrillist. That sort of trip is not unusual, and it's one of the main ways a lot of travel writing gets done. But many publications, including the Times, have ethical standards in place that prohibit their staffers from accepting freebies. Unfortunately for Critical Shopping fans, the Times expects its freelancers to adhere to the same standards as the rest of its staff, and Albo was found to be in violation of them and let go. On the subject of his ouster, Albo said simply, "I look forward to trying on cashmere sweaters I can't afford for other publications." [Daily Intel]