A team of reporters is working on a series of articles about possible corruption in the city agency responsible for zoning.

Question: A team of reporters is working on a series of articles about possible corruption in the city agency responsible for zoning. One reporter gets an anonymous call from a senior official offering to give information about wrongdoing, but only on condition of anonymity. Should the reporter agree to anonymity for the source?

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Reporters can use information in their news given in conditions for anonymity. But the reporter should agree to anonymity if it applies to any of the conditions given below:

The source is information, not personal opinion, and is important to the news article: The reporter must understand that the information provided by the senior official should be real Information. It is not the speaker’s personal opinion, thoughts, or suspicions. Cause, the reporter just cannot publish one anonymous person’s news without being sure that the information is true. And the information must be vital to the report.  If the reporter thinks that the information is an important link to that corruption, and gives the right track to the article, then the reporter should agree to anonymity for the source.

The information is unavailable without the condition of anonymity: If the reporter is told that the information can only be used if it is accepted as anonymity, and the information is vital and tough to get, then the reporter should agree for anonymity.

The source is trustworthy, and in a position to have true information

The information provided should be reliable and in a position that he could really have the true news. Sometimes people try to distract the reporters from giving false information. So, the reporter must know if the information is accurate or not.  Here, the information provider is a senior official, so it is clear that he could really have accurate information. The source is trustworthy and true.

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