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Is it unethical to....

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by johnnychoice, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. johnnychoice

    johnnychoice New Member

    Is it unethical to date someone on a team you are covering?

    I don't cover too much softball, volleyball or for that matter any womens sports anymore but, I oftened wondered this when I was.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yes. If that is your beat.
  3. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Yes. It's good practice for when you really want to date a co-worker but you should not.
  4. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Definitely a no-no.
  5. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    As is often the case with ethics: If you have to ask, it's probably wrong.
  6. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
  7. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    It's OK to drill her, though.
  8. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I heard SC saying that last night. 8)

    Seriously, though, I agree with the above that covering someone you date is a big no-no.

    Let me play Devil's advocate here, though. What if you were breaking big stories (we're talking big scoops, lots of good info, whatever) because of that connection? The main reason it would seem to be unethical is that it could (and probably would) cloud your judgment of the team you're covering. But what if dating someone on that team actually made you a better reporter?

    Also, hypothetically, what if you were dating someone you didn't cover, and later were assigned to that beat?

    I would think if you told your editor you were dating Sally McSpikermeier of the volleyball team that he/she wouldn't assign you to that beat or move you off it.

    How dating about someone you used to cover?

    Someone you used to cover doesn't seem to be a problem (in fact, one of the AD's who used to work in my area was a former journo and wound up marrying a girl he used to cover when she was in HS after she moved back to town when she graduated college. They've been together something like 45 years). It seems a little weird, but I don't think there's anything unethical about it.
  9. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    You should probably wait until she finishes middle school, depending on the laws in the state where she lives.
  10. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    :X :D
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Stop lying, Pern! You know you made me quote all of Leia's lines last night :D

    Dating somebody you used to cover isn't unethical. It might raise eyebrows in some circles, but I don't see anything wrong with it.
  12. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    "Help me Big Pern. You're my only hope for an orgasm."

    It was pretty hot when you said, "I don't know who you are or where you've come from, but from now on you'll do as I say, okay?" I like a strong woman.

    It hurt, though, when I took my shirt off and you said, "Would someone get this walking carpet out of my way."


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