When conducting an investigative report, one must "protect confidential sources of information" (Jerz).
I found this first quote to be extremely important because no one wants to have their information mis-used. This topic made me think about identity protection vs. fraud. If a news reporter used confidental information without, prior, consent, then that reporter could be in danger of being in trouble with the law. I would assume that this would fall into the realm of identity fraud. I recently read an article, while browsing online, from US News and it talks about someone who mis-used confidental information.
I don't want to leave you with only this one quote, so I found another very important quote that everyone should consider if in an unusual situation. Quote:
"Always consult a lawyer if you have any worries about the legality of what you are doing or writing" (Jerz).
So, if you are not sure what to do or if there will be consequences for publishing certain information, then you should seek help from a lawyer.
I found another very interesting article about news reporting and the law and it is from FindLaw.com
I have a question for all:
If you are a news reporter and need to seek assistance from a lawyer, then do you need to pay for the fees or does the news company provide the funds?
Also, when protecting someone's information, should one get written consent or just verbal?
Click here for the course web page devoted to investigative reporting.