Dec 23, 2008

4. If I wanted to make a disclosure, what information will you need?

Generally speaking, for a story to be published, an editor will want more than ‘word of mouth’. In many instances documentation will provide the supporting evidence, as will copious notes, tape recordings, text messages and photographs (please see our advice on Identity Protection).

Not all disclosures need documentary or forensic evidence. Very often the identity of a witness will be sufficient to commence the journalistic investigation - it is surprising how many headline stories are generated by a simple admission of facts by the parties involved.

If you have the basis of a story and do not have corroborative evidence, you can still discuss the matter with us – together we may be able to find the evidence to support what you are saying. The simple expedient of asking the person(s) involved if the facts are true may be all that is required.

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