When it is appropriate to conceal a source’s identity? What information do we owe our readers? How can you know when an anonymous source is misleading you? These are some of the questions we will tackle in a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 19, with Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Pro Chapter and top journalists from the New York Times, the LA Times and elsewhere.
Bring your questions for these veteran Washington reporters about the dos and don’ts of using anonymous sources, and other challenges covering presidential administrations including that of Donald Trump. The New York Times D.C. bureau has generously offered its conference room and will provide soft drinks; go to Suite 700 at 1627 I St. NW. SPJ DC will provide light food.
You’ll hear from the Los Angeles Times’ Bob Drogin, author of a book on the Iraq war and deputy bureau chief of the newspaper’s D.C. bureau (http://lat.ms/2nhBBtV); New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, recently returned to D.C. from Jerusalem for his second stint covering a presidential administration (http://nyti.ms/2mluMn0); and Talking Points Memo national political reporter Alice Ollstein, who is on the SPJ D.C. board and is facilitator of this panel (http://bit.ly/2mDwvoB). Check this space because further roundtable participants may be added.