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Journalists walk a fine line when it comes to honouring off-the-record agreements.

Keeping your word is obviously paramount to maintaining trust but sometimes the reverse can be true too.

Kelly McBride, Poynter writer and Everyday Ethics podcaster, gives two examples of when journalists should renege — and answers some FAQs for good measure.

“It’s a good reminder for journalists everywhere that while off-record-promises are critical to our credibility, they are not sacrosanct,” she writes.

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