On the confidentiality of sources…

John Coulter in his column from the Irish Daily Star reckons that no reporter should ever give up their sources… Standing over the anonymity of sources brings its own price:

Keeping your reporter mouth shut about journalistic sources is not about becoming a martyr for press freedom. It’s about wondering where your next paycheque will come from; lying awake listening to the sound of every car entering your cul de sac; trying to figure out how to defuse family tensions and mend broken friendships.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty