Media Board Policy – Student Media Code of Ethics – THE NORTHERN LIGHT POLICIES – Anonymous Sources/ Preserving Confidentiality

August 28, 2013

Anonymous sources in stories should be avoided unless it is of vital interest to the public. Anonymous sources are a last resort and all information gained from the source should be verified by at least one more credible source. Any reporter granting anonymity to a source should get prior approval from the Northern Light editor. The editor is to be made aware of the source’s full name and circumstances surrounding the request for anonymity.
Confidentiality to a source will only be approved if there is a real danger of physical, emotional or financial harm to the source. The reporter should make every attempt to get the same information from another reliable source who is willing to go on the record before relying on a confidential source.