Skip to content

Paying for Sources

by on March 12, 2013

Included in this weeks reading was an article by Julianne Moos that had been published by Poynter Institute online that discussed the increasing tendency for news networks to pay for their sources.

            The article, which cites a number of major news networks as guilty contributors to this developing trend in journalism, showed both sides of the argument. While news networks can gain the upper hand by being the sole owner of a piece of information, or testimony by a sought after source, they also lose reputability. Becoming known for buying information rather than honorably acquiring it lessens the decency of any publication.

            In a time when getting the scoop on a story is synonymous with making money, to what length should reporters and organizations go to get information? How should the public receive information that was bought and paid for? Does paying a source for their statement or information lessen the validity of that information?

Advertisements

From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: