Reporter docked pay for playing at event

David Knopf, a reporter and editor for The Kansas City Star, was suspended for a day after he played his guitar at a city councilman’s fundraiser in February. The Star considered it a
violation of its code of ethics.
Knopf was hired to play at the 55th birthday celebration of Councilman Ed Ford. Guests were encouraged to donate $50 or more to Ford’s campaign committee.
Knopf did not contribute or help organize the event, but The Star’s code limits journalists’ participation in public political events and generally prohibits staff from working at fundraising events.
He returned the money he received for performing to the event’s organizer.
—from The Kansas City Star

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