Interviewing: A Guide for Journalists and Writers

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10
KEEPING SAFE

The news gathering interview involves journalists in situations where there are legal and ethical consequences. As a reporter it is important to develop intuitive antennae that will alert you to legal and ethical concerns when interviewing. But you are not on your own. Remember different media organisations make judgements about ethical dilemmas and legal risks all the time, and you can ask for advice from colleagues and news superiors. In this chapter we use a drugs scenario as the background to explore issues about media law and reporters’ ethics to help you think about some of the interview contexts involved.


SCENARIO

A reporter notices from reading the obituary columns an unusual number of death notices for young teenagers in the same month. She makes inquiries of a friendly police source and finds the deaths are heroin overdoses, and all the teenagers are from the same school. The source also tells her

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgements iv
  • Introduction v
  • References vii
  • 1 - The Interview … Revealing All 1
  • References 19
  • 2 - Research 20
  • References *
  • 3 - Getting Started 37
  • References 55
  • 4 - Breaking the Ice 56
  • References *
  • 5 - The Questions 68
  • References *
  • 6 - Print Interviews 94
  • References *
  • 7 - Broadcast Interviews 110
  • References *
  • 8 - Telephone and Email Interviews 131
  • References 141
  • 9 - Using the Information 142
  • References 158
  • 10 - Keeping Safe 160
  • References *
  • Resources 175
  • Index 181
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