When Anne Thompson posted a story on Thompson On Hollywood last week questioning whether entertainment bloggers follow journalistic rules she had no intention of opening a Pandora’s box. Nor did she mean to call out, or deride James Rocchi, a freelance entertainment writer and critic whose work appears on MSN and in Mother Jones magazine. But, by suggesting that today’s entertainment bloggers may not share the same journalistic ethics as their mainstream media counterparts, Anne highlighted an issue that few in the industry like to discuss.
What happens when a studio or network pays for a journalist to travel to cover a film or show, especially when that trip is to an exotic location like Bora Bora? Should the journalist disclose the means behind their coverage to readers, or are readers smart enough to figure it out on their own? Does such activity influce the journalist’s critical review?
Based on the number of lengthy comments from well known journalists and industry influencers that appear on Anne’s post, Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules, it is safe to say that people have very strong and passionate opinions on thte topic. That’s why we asked Anne to join us along with James for a special episode of Showbiz Sandbox to talk about her post at length. Continue reading Showbiz Sandbox Special Episode: Are Bloggers Breaking The Rules?