Pulitzer Prize winner discusses ethical issues in Enriques
Sonia Nazario, who won this years Pulitzer Prize in
feature writing, discusses ethical issues involved in reporting
the story Enriques Journey in an interview
posted on the Society of Professional Journalists Greater
Los Angeles chapters Web site, http://spj.org/losangeles/nazario.html.
Nazario, who also won the Polk Award for the six-part series,
describes the journey through Mexico that an estimated 48,000
Central American children take each year to search for their
mothers in the United States. Don Bartletti, the photographer
for the series, also won a Pulitzer Prize.
The interview is framed in the tenets of SPJs Code
of Ethics: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act
independently, and be accountable. Among the issues Nazario
discusses in the interview are:
--using anonymous sources;
--working with at-risk sources, that is, children who are
jumping onto moving trains, encountering bandits and rapists,
and drinking tainted water; and
--allowing these children put themselves at risk rather
than offering to help them.
The interview was in conjunction with a public program with
Nazario hosted by LA chapter that was funded through a SPJ