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?

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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