Your college roommate was robbed at gunpoint.
The coffee shop your best friend’s mom owns has been selected for a national honor for all its charity work.
Your sorority has been able to get Hillary Clinton to come to a meeting.
All great stories and you have the scoop. Except you can’t write any of them.
Why not? Conflict of interest.
A conflict of interest is anything that could, actually or potentially, undermine your impartiality as a journalist. Journalists at every level must be careful of real or perceived conflict of interest, meaning they are personally connected to a story, source or issue in a way that could influence how she or he writes the story, or–and this is important–there is even the ILLUSION of such a conflict.
I can hear you now: “My grandparents have…
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