Monthly Archives: March 2009

Citizens’ watchdog or sensationalists? Striking the balance

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak to you today. You asked me to talk about finding the balance between transparency and responsible journalism. First, as a journalist, I am an advocate of greater transparency. There are instances when we hold back information – like if we know an arrest is about to happen, we won’t broadcast that because it may tip off those
involved. In reporting on terrorist organizations, you learn to keep information confidential in the interests of national security. But you make that editorial judgment based on your independent assessment of the big picture. In financial reporting, you learn never to put two words together unless it’s already happening. It’s in every editorial manual. You here should appreciate those two words – bank run. We are very careful in how we use that term. Later on, I’ll tell you why. Continue reading

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