Ethics Moment – Pay to Play

You are a freelance writer. A statewide travel magazine contracts you to do an article about an Amish area in your state. You and your family are invited to spend a weekend in the Amish area to experience accommodations, restaurants, retail stores and other attractions for your article. All expenses will be paid by the local chamber of commerce.

How can you accept this writing assignment?

Guidance — Professional Standard 9 Pay to Play

One option is to pay for all your expenses for this weekend trip. Another option, if you and your family receive free or reduced prices for this weekend trip, is to include this information in your article. This protects your independence and integrity as a journalist.

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