Small newspaper ethics

August 7, 2007

Came across this link in my travels today: Post Register Staff Disclosure Conflicts

Okay, so the president of the paper is running for governor of the state, the acting executive editor is married to an important school official, but the paper seems to be handling these potential conflicts as well as could be hoped. I love the last item, though:

When his wife Tracie filed the paperwork to run for a seat on the District 91 School Board in 2005, Miller recused himself from all decision-making on coverage of District 91 for the duration of the campaign and her term in office…He has violated the recusal by handing along story ideas and has been reminded by senior editors of the paper that even if they’re the same story ideas he would have had two years ago, they are now tainted by his connection and he has to keep his mouth shut.

Gotta love small papers.


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