“Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.”
So says the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics and so shall we do here at the News-Times.
We’ve gotten quite a few angry phone calls this week inquiring as to why we haven’t printed an incident that’s swept through the rumor mill recently with a vengeance.
The fact of the matter is just because we haven’t reported a specific incident does not mean we haven’t made the calls and done the footwork into a possible story. However, when our reporting will hinder an investigation or cause undue harm to the subject or family, we are compelled to treat the incident with great sensitivity.
It’s likely the readers of this blog already understand this and I’m simply preaching to the choir here, but in the hopes that this reaches those outside the regular readership I’d just like to say that we have been and are looking into the incident but are trying to be especially sensitive while doing so.