Jen Rae Hein, press secretary for Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, feels deceived by journalists from the University of Nebraska's Daily Nebraskan. She finds herself deep in a spot where journalistic ethics, news and the role of a government communicator collide.
An article in Friday's Omaha World-Herald indicates that the student newspaper, working on a story on a convicted killer who gives tours at the governor's mansion, set up a private tour by saying it was working on a story about the house being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hein, according to the article, considered banning reporters from the governor's press conferences but chose instead to simply take the paper off its distribution list.
What do you think? Did the newspaper break ethical boundaries to get the story it wanted, or could it have achieved its goals by being up front with the focus of the story? If they had revealed their story focus, would the governor's office have had the right to say no to a private tour? Should the governor's office now punish the newspaper? Leave your comments on how you would react.