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By Casey Bukro

The violinist for a major orchestra is arrested for having child porn in his house and on his computer.

A professional musician who also does radio reports on the arts beat wants to know if she is obligated to do a report on the porn arrest. “Am I really a journalist, rather than a musician who does a few arts spots?” she asked the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists.

What would you say to that question? Does she have a responsibility to report on the arrest? Or can she ignore the arrest?


The Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists was founded in 2001 by the Chicago Headline Club (Chicago professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and Loyola University Chicago Center for Ethics and Social Justice. It partnered with the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2013. It is a free service.

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