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Media gifts and where to draw the line

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheWhiskeyDiaries, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. TheWhiskeyDiaries

    TheWhiskeyDiaries New Member

    Here's a question for the peanut gallery:
    I've never been one to turn down a free t-shirt but recently I covered an event that put my love of free swag at odds with the ethics of accepting gifts.
    This event gave me a duffle bag that was filled with an assortment of goodies like memorabilia. Several of those items were also available from their concessions and ranged between the $20-50 range. After seeing everything that was in the bag, I didn't feel right and ended up trading it to a guy with a kid out on the patio for a cigarette. Most of my friends who also work in this industry said I should have kept it (but seriously, what was I going to do with a commemorative beanie baby?)

    So at what point do you draw the line when it comes to media gifts?
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I guess you are new here?
  3. TheWhiskeyDiaries

    TheWhiskeyDiaries New Member

    Full disclosure: I kept the t-shirt.
  4. turski7

    turski7 Member

    Hell, bowl games give out tons of crap. You'd have be fine to keep the bag.
  5. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Not this again. And it's not even bowl season yet.
  6. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    But Hondo, bowl season is only five months away.
  7. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Personally, I draw the line at six threads per year on this topic.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    T-shirt? Ok.

    Hookers & blow? Probably not.
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Hookers & Blow Bowl is located where?
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The Happiest Place on Earth- Tijuana.
  11. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Talk about a swag bag!
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Trading it all for a smoke, now that's an old-school journalist. I doff my press-tabbed fedora to you, Mr. Whiskey.
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