How common is it for reporters to burn dead sources?

Columbia Journalism Review
Ryan Chittum asks the question after reading Fortune’s piece about Steve Jobs going to Switzerland in 2009 for cancer treatment — an off-the-record bit of information provided by Apple director Jerry York, who died last year. Fortune says that “with York’s death, the off-the-record agreement is no longer in place.” Chittum writes: “That raises the question of whether York agreed to allow the information out after he died, though that seems very unlikely.” || Quora discussion: Does off-the-record die when a source does?

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • Anonymous

    An off-the-record agreement should expire when a source dies ONLY if that was part of the deal.