On transparency and student journalism: where we stand
Victoria Revay | February 13, 2007 at 03:36 pmby
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Disclosure is key. For instance, when I (hopefully) review Windows Vista next week, it's indispensable that I disclose Microsoft sent it to me. They gave me a Windows Vista Launch Kit a month ago, and it had a free copy of "Company of Heroes." I don't think it will influence my rundown of the OS - not two weeks ago I blasted the new licensing scheme and other features extremely publicly on Gizmodo, a blog I write for - but it's something I should put out there, nonetheless, because you should be aware of all possible conflicts of interest. I should note, though, that review products are typically sent back to the company after the review is written.
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