Journalist's Guide

the source as to what was said. Also, be aware of who is granting consent to be interviewed and photographed. For example, a nurse or doctor generally does not have the authority to permit you to take pictures of patients in their hospital rooms and a child may not have the authority to let you into their home to photograph their parents’ cache of weapons and drugs. Policies. Media outlets are well advised to form a coherent policy detailing the appropriate procedures to follow in permitting confidentiality or other promises to sources. The policy should state who may make promises and under what circumstances. Finally, media managers should define, and reporters should reveal to sources, precisely what they mean when using the terms such as confidentiality, not for attribution, and off the record as a source may define these terms differently than a reporter.


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