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Quote of the Day - I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. - Mahatma Gandhi
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Reporters Go To Jail, But Where Are The Standards?

Is it a matter of black and white or shades of gray? When is it acceptable to breach a pledge of confidentiality for a reporter?

For a lawyer, it's easy. Never. We have the Rules of Professional Conduct and consequences if we do. Like not practicing law.

Reporters, on the other hand, have no such hard-and-fast rules, and there's no ticket necessary to "practice" journalism. There may be consequences, but Time to give in on occasion.

Reporters and lawyers had an off-air discussion at the Legal Talk Network that we should have taped and podcast, but unfortunately, the discussion got going before the tape recorder did. The consensus of the discussion included speculation that perhaps it would be best if reporters had hard and fast guidelines, along with the requirement for a journalistic license. After all, we license doctors, lawyers, veterinarians and a host of other professions, all for the public good, health, safety and welfare.

Should reporters be licensed and subject to a set of written ethical rules?

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