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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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known Member

    Hookers & Blow Bowl is located where?
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The Happiest Place on Earth- Tijuana.
  11. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known 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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