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Donating money

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Smash Williams, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Smash Williams

    Smash Williams Well-Known Member

    A coach I worked closely with at one of my former papers has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He fought with cancer while I was working there, and they thought he'd gone into long-term remission, but it's apparently returned and is not treatable.

    He wants to take his family of five to Disney World before he becomes to weak to go, and the people in the (relatively small) town are taking donations. I no longer work in the state, let alone the area, and very much want to make a contribution to this fund.

    However, it makes me ethically a little squeamish since he was a former source. He's the nicest guy in the world, always willing to work with me and never upset when I just couldn't cover his team. I met his wife and kids a couple times too, and I just feel like... I don't know. It's the least I can do, I guess.

    What say you, fellow journalists? Should I go ahead and contribute to this fund?
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

  3. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member


    Don't really see a problem.
  4. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    No problems. Not only is he now a former sources, but also life takes priority over job.
  5. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Do what's right in your heart. And remember that you're a human being before you're a journalist.
  6. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Give to your heart's content. Hope they raise lots of money.
  7. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Smash: A friend of mine calls doing wonderful, selfless things such as this treasure in heaven.

    By all means, do so. And good for you.
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    There is no reason to have a second thought about this. Do whatever you feel you can do for this man.
  9. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    If you know him enough that you feel like you want to donate, do so.

    If you're uncomfortable with having your name attached to your donation, donate anonymously.
  10. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Do it. Don't think twice about it if you no longer cover his team. Hell, I'd do it if I still covered his team and see it as a donation to the kids to enjoy time with their father.

    If you don't wish to do so anonymously, do so with a card stating what you did in the first post: that you enjoyed working with him and how coaches like him stand out in our line of work. Let him know.
  11. accguy

    accguy Member

    Agree with everyone. Do it without a second thought.
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm sure there are some purists who would find an objection. I'm not one of them.
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