Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sources On the Flip Side

This is about sources and confidentiality. What if you read a news article in the paper and you knew that the reporter didn't have the whole story, that the interviews produced half truths. And you knew the inside scope, as a lay person, with no journalistic relationship to the paper. And it would make a great story. Knowing what you now know about the laws protecting a journalist's right to keep their anonymous sources anonymous, would you call the paper and trust becoming an anonymous source?



Andrew Carpenter said...


Double yes if what you know can ease someone's burden or make your community a better place.

But, be prepared not to agree 100% with how the journalist uses what you offer.

Michael Sweeney said...

I'd say yes. If you believe you can aid in injecting truth to a news article, which will directly reflect upon the community, then why not?

The news in general might be better if people as a generalization treated it as so sacred.

Nicole said...

I think most people, who knew the truth about a story would call and inform the reporter that they didn't have the whole story. Personally, I've done as much in the past, even before I became educated about the do's and don'ts of the profession.