At Salt, we use the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics to guide us through tricky editorial decisions.

But, how’s a student supposed to figure out the best path to take when the teacher breaks the Society’s code around “avoid(ing) conflicts of interest, real or perceived.”

I suggested a student interview my mother-in-law for a story about the color pink. “How could there possibly be any conflicts of interest on a story like that,” I thought to myself. “Seems harmless.”

Yeah, well….

Have a listen to my tale of woe and Meghan Vigeant’s unusual story called “Pink.”

Cheers, Rob


  1. 8 Responses to “Pink”

  2. By Gail on Mar 7, 2011

    Your program was featured on the front page of so I listened. I enjoyed and found you’re just up the road in Portland (I’m in Kennebunk). I’m going to be listening to more of these programs. Thanks.

  3. By robert on Mar 7, 2011

    Gail — Welcome aboard! — Rob

  4. By Brock Lueck on Mar 11, 2011

    Following on from your request for suggestions. I would be interested in hearing opinions about Radio Lab’s use of sound generally, but maybe a discussion about the recent piece ‘Finding Emily’ from the ‘Lost and Found’ episode. Sometimes I think the layering gets a bit over the top, but I think they take some production decisions that make a very emotive story richer and better radio…

    Brock in Edinburgh

  5. By Rob on Mar 14, 2011

    Brock — Good to hear from you again. I’ll check out Finding Emily — haven’t heard it yet. I may have some rights issues to navigate to feature that story, but will look into it. Thanks!! — rob

  6. By Meghan Vigeant on Apr 4, 2011

    Rob, So you never said, how did your mother-in-law react?

  7. By robert on Apr 4, 2011

    As far as I know, she never heard it. 🙂

  8. By Isaac Bluefoot on Feb 1, 2012

    Brilliant sound integration, the music accompaniment is perfect. I can see the pink bubbles floating by me as I listen. Well done Megan. This color deserves such a sweet homage.

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