Getting in on a good 'idea'
There are reasons for that. Objectivity is the first and foremost, because getting too cozy with something or someone snows under the concept of unbiased reporting. Beyond that, there are other potential impacts on the news organization that a professional news-gatherer’s involvement can have.
I couldn’t help it. The IDEA Place is just so innocuous and such a boon to the area, I went and agreed to be a member of its Bouncing Board. That is to say I’m a part of the organization’s think tank on expansion and improvement of its efforts to serve us all.