As a journalist and a blogger, I firmly believe that ethics are good. The issue came up when I received my first request for a product review, so I decided to put cutsor to screen and set one up.
I won’t lie — I have copied, word-for-word, what my good friend Brett “Cranky Flier” Snyder has on his website. I have his permission, and hey–why reinvent the wheel? I just have one addition-I will take a product for review, but I will return it after I’ve tested it for a blog post. But if I like the product, I will pay full price for it. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.
Code of Ethics
For the purpose of this code, “free and/or discounted products and services” refers to anything offered to me for free or for a discount simply because of my status as a blogger.
- When I write about free and/or discounted products and services, I will always disclose on this page who gave them to me, when they were given to me, and when I wrote about them. I will also include the discount amount offered in any post on the products/services.
- I will always write the truth about a product or service regardless of whether it is good or bad. I will never trade favorable press for free and/or discounted products and services.
- I will only accept free and/or discounted products and services if the people offering the product/service confirm that they have read this code of ethics and are willing to abide by the rules that have been set here.
- Just because I have been provided with free and/or discounted products and services doesn’t mean I will write about them. The only criteria for determining whether or not to write about a product is if it will make for a compelling post, good or bad.