Here are some interesting internet links on ethics in journalism… I think any serious or amateur journalists, food writers and editors included, (AND BLOG OWNERS AS WELL) should read the relevant parts of at least the first link to the NY Times with respect to gifts, freebies, travel, accomodations, free tickets, being “incognito” to experience as any other citizen would, etc…
The New York Times Company Policy on Ethics and Journalism
Journalism Ethics: Gift and Meal Ethics (covering excerpts from the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, + 4 other papers
You are what you eat : a commentary specifically on food journalism ethics
Statement of Journalistic Ethics by the Daily Press, Inc.
Code of Ethics for the Association of Food Journalists (U.S.)
FTC Guide Regarding Endorsements/Testimonials, and how it applies to bloggers
Basically, what these policies espouse is that journalists, including food writers, SHOULD NOT ACCEPT FREEBIES. And don’t write me to tell me we are different because we are a poorer country. Please. Read and learn. The final link also asserts that bloggers who are paid to write a post are in effect, endorsers, and should follow the applicable laws governing endorsements.
I have posted these links before.