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Ethical question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Aug 17, 2006.


What would you do?

  1. Give up the notes

    4 vote(s)
  2. Don't give them up

    5 vote(s)
  1. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    At a paper I used to work at owned by a prominent chain, they had corporate lawyers come through every year or so for what they called ``libel seminars,'' and the first thing they told us every year was to get rid of old notes. Once the story is done, throw them away. That way, you can play the don't remember card if you're ever subpoenaed.
  2. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Most newspapers I've worked for had either a lawyer on retainer or even in-house. This is what we pay them for.
  3. area313code

    area313code Member

    Hold up....

    You take notes?
  4. PEteacher

    PEteacher Member

    Should be a third option: Destroy the notes, and then cooperate and act sympathetic to police.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. He'd have this down by now.
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