I have an ethical question for you. I’m doing my doctorate on a particular aspect of journalism. I also work two days a week for a news organisation. A lot of the stuff I’m reading about could really benefit this organisation, but knowing that I’ll be researching them in the near future, I probably shouldn’t tell them about it. It will give them an unfair advantage, I guess.
Thing is, a lot of the people I work with are really nice. I consider them friends. So I feel like I’m being mean by not telling them things that will improve their product.
There’s also ego involved, of course. (What journalist doesn’t have an ego problem?) If they become a better news organisation because of what I tell them, then that makes me look pretty damn good.
ManFriend says I don’t owe them anything. That if they want my expert knowledge that falls outside my job description, they can bloody well pay me for it.