MP Hank Vetinari

A 57 year-old man at the wheel of a government car has been arrested overnight and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The man was stopped at a booze bus on the corner of Negotiable Affection and Shades streets. He was released on bail and is due to appear in court next week.

Police Constable Fred Colon of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch said authorities were beginning to become “sick” of drink-drivers.

“People just don’t seem to learn that alcohol behind the wheel is totally unacceptable,” he said.

Explanation

Main Consideration

I could have pursued one of two angles for this story; an article addressing the public issue of drink driving or a more personal article focusing on MP Vetinari’s individual circumstances. I elected to construct a story that avoid Vetinari’s private life, as the fact that I could not identify him as he had not yet been convicted, which would weaken that narrative. Furthermore, I did not want to publish anonymous or off record tips. I had to decide between a more newsworthy but riskier story or a slightly less appealing but more credible story and decided to write up the safer option.

Legal Implication

The main legal implication in covering this story was to not identify Vetinari by name or occupation as this would be contempt of court.

Ethical Consideration

The main ethical consideration in covering this story was to protect Vetinari’s family. Though I had access to newsworthy information, publishing facts about Vetinari’s personal life would potentially harm his family in their current state of difficulty.

Contacts to take the story further

– Vetinari
– The Seamstresses’ Guild
– Mayor
– Alcoholic Rehabilitation Group

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