Joe Gallimore uses his pulp-and-ink allotment this morning to promote a professional boxing match at the local civic center. For a long 20 inches, he describes the civic notariety and "benefits" of grown men pummeling each other. Nowhere in the column does Gallimore report he is a state-licensed fight promoter and, as such, stands to directly and personally benefit -- financially -- from a full house.
Journalism's ethical canon looks askance at reporters who cover events in which they have a personal stake. In some places, this prohibition is taken so seriously that some journalists choose not to vote in local, state and national elections. Sun Coast Media Group doesn't have the same high standards. In fact, its standards are such that it will give free space to one of its employees to make sure his second job pays well.