Irene Gentle on Muck Rack

Irene Gentle

Managing Editor — Toronto Star
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Managing editor, Toronto Star Truth. Accountability. Change. And baseball. No, the game is NOT too long or boring.

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10 - It is not always a pleasant job. But imagine what it would be like if reporters did not try this hard to give people a fair chance to respond to allegations about them. That world is a worse world for everyone.
9 - In other words, those annoying or embarrassing attempts to reach people is a serious professional obligation to be fair and give them a chance to tell their side of a story, point out inaccuracies or clarify a confusion. They are doing their job.
8 - No one is obligated to respond to a journalist’s attempt to get their side of the story. But if there is only silence the reporter will be doing everything they can to at least be sure they know the story is coming and what the allegations are against them.
7 - We have had some subjects of stories with allegations about them not acknowledge a reporter’s attempts to reach them until they instead complain to an editor that the reporter is leaving messages for them. That is the first time we knew they had received the messages.
6 - If we have not done this, in a non-breaking news situation, we will often hold the story until it is done and the person is given a fair time to respond.
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