INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWED

On a break from abusing children, Marieke Hardy discusses journalistic practices:

Some weeks ago I wrote a piece about attending a literary speed-dating event at the State Library …

On the night I was instructed by my editor not to tell anyone I was there to write a piece for the Age lest they clam up and somehow be less ‘real’, which had the odd effect of making me feel like an undercover spy as well as a bald-faced liar …

Hardy and her Age editor appear to have violated the media union’s code of ethics:

Use fair, responsible and honest means to obtain material. Identify yourself and your employer before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast. Never exploit a person’s vulnerability or ignorance of media practice.

Over to you, Age. Meanwhile, Instapundit has more on journalists who reveal more than they perhaps intend when writing online …

Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2007 at 11:39 PM
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