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Journalism’s Jonathan Kaufman shares his views on anonymous sources in Q&A for News@Northeastern

07/24/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Jonathan Kaufman, Director of School of Journalism in the College of Arts, Media and Design. Photo by: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern

Leaked information and intel from anonymous sources have played heavily in the coverage of presidential administrations for decades. Indeed, just this week, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to “let go” of an investigation into a former national security adviser; and reporting by The Washington Post uncovered that the president revealed highly-classified information to Russian officials.

Both investigations relied on anonymous sourcing and leaked information from the White House. We asked Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor, how journalists can trust the information they’re given and how the public can trust what’s reported.

Read “Politics and the Press,” by Molly Callahan in the May 18 edition of News@Northeastern.