Social media and blogs have made it easier for the public to learn about a journalist’s personal life. The public can learn whether a reporter is affected by the issues they cover, if they serve on a board, own stock or socialize with elected officials or community and business leaders — or married to people who do. It’s a complex and complicated world and journalists need to pay attention to maintain credibility. We’ll walk through some of the issues on separating personal from professional information and offer guidance on what to do when you can’t.
Presenter Steve Drummond is the senior national editor for NPR News. He oversees the network’s national news coverage and a team of more than 70 reporters, producers and editors in Washington and NPR’s domestic bureaus.
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