Jack Rodolico is an upright guy. Incredibly conscientious, I’d say. At least that’s what I thought when he was a student of mine many, many years ago. Then I heard “A Mountain of Misconduct,” a documentary he produced with Reveal and I found myself scratching my head. Jack trespasses and uses secretly recorded phone calls in the doc and I thought: Whoa, what happened to Jack?
I had nothing to fear. Even though Jack readily admits he doesn’t remember much from the Society of Professional Journalist’s Code of Ethics, he has stayed the course on the journalistic straight and narrow. On this episode of HowSound, Jack lays out his ethical justifications for dicey moments in his reporting.
By the way, while researching this episode of HowSound, I stumbled across this excellent resource on recording and privacy from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. It includes a state by state guide to recording phone calls.