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Conflicting Interests with Events

Migs wrote a reaction to my post earlier during the week about blogging and the day job conflict of interest. Thought blogging is indeed a personal release of sorts, once a blogger attends press conferences, there MIGHT be some sort of gray line when it comes to work conflict. This is precisely the reason why bloggers aren’t journalists.

Back when I was working for a real estate company, I was also contributing vehemently to a tech magazine. It was a little bit weird keeping a day job and then running off to the other office (I was only paid per article. This was mostly labor of love) at night for editorial meetings. The thing was – I didn’t hide the fact that I was a contributor to a magazine. It’s not like I promoted this passionately within my day job, because that would be imprudent. What I did though was let my supervisor know that I was indeed writing, and she even suggested that I contribute to the company newsletter.

Nowadays, the concept of “conflict of interest” can be vague especially since information can be spread violently through the Internet. I guess my contribution to Migs’ post is that it really depends on what you want to achieve. Full disclosure is always an option and I would encourage that too so at least you are engaging in other activities in good faith with your employer. Remember, render to Caesar what’s due him and render to God what belongs to God.

There are of course, some exceptions to this. Example: If you work for a telco and were invited as a blogger / writer (your “sideline”) to cover a competing telco’s product launch, that’s a definite no-no.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

One reply on “Conflicting Interests with Events”

Thanks Jayvee for elaborating. Actually I think it’s quite OK to attend press events as a blogger IF it’s REALLY on your own time, like after work or weekends.

If you file a leave to attend one, I’m not so sure.

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