Question: A journalist comes into possession of a private e-mail sent by a well-known person to an apparent lover and considers quoting the e-mail and the recipient’s name in a blog. Should the reporter use the e-mail and the recipient’s name?
According to my perception, the reporter should mention both the e-mail and the recipient’s name if he or she wants to cover a report in the newspaper. Personally, I do not support making a report with personal email information and it is doesn’t matter who is the sender and receiver. Everyone has a personal life and it is not good to bring personal issues into the public. People will not accept these types of news normally. I would like to support publishing these emails when necessary to reveal everything. And, I support disclosing email and the recipient’s name when need to make professional news based on them. First of all, reporters need to write very clear and precise news for audiences. Rini (2017) stated that audiences will not accept any ambiguous and fake news. In this perspective, the reporter will be unable to convey a clear message if he or she doesn’t mention the e-mail and recipient name. News will lose its authenticity and it can be considered as fake news. In addition, audiences want to know who the well-known person sends private e-mail. Here, two factors are very important, for example, who is sending the email and who is receiving it. Therefore reporters can publish both sender and receiver names in the newspaper that news-readers cannot term it as fake news. Finally, the reporter has to be quoted as the email that has been sent by the well-known person to make the news more trustworthy.
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