"The fact is that source protection is miles from being a paramount concern for journalists. Forget confidential informants for the moment. Apart from them, obligation to sources is a miserably neglected area of journalism ethics. The well-being of informants, and the ways that the reporting they contribute to may rebound on their lives, are things that journalists worry about rarely, if ever."
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The ironies of source protection
A thoughtful piece in The Miami Herald by columnist Edward Wasserman, journalism professor at Washington and Lee University (and one-time colleague of mine at ALM), probes the ironies of source protection. Says he: