As reported by The Bee's Andrew MacIntosh in this story, former state worker Rachel Rivas Dumbrique has pleaded no contest to a single felony count of illegally downloading state human resources records and shipping them to her personal e-mail account. She'll be sentenced in November.
While this case clearly is newsworthy -- Dumbrique committed a felony by compromising thousands of personal information files -- not every instance of employee misconduct deserves airing in The Bee.
This is on our mind because we're regularly getting tips about state worker misconduct (usuallly from state workers). Each time one comes our way, we ask several questions:
There are more, but you get the idea.
So what do you think? What filters, if any, should the media have when covering state worker misconduct? What is the line between reporting misconduct and bashing state workers?
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