Carolyn Petit & Austin Walker
RobinGale Dec 23rd, 2015 421 Never
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- Subject: Carolyn Petit & Austin Walker.
- Sources: Patreon, Vice.
- Date Compiled: December 23rd, 2015.
- Credits: Original Research.
- There was financial support in the manner of Patreon donations for three months up until days before the article was released. The month after and on-ward, donations continued. Considering that money exchanged hands less than a week before the article was released, for the month of June, I think this is still an applicable potential financial conflict of interest. Especially considering that Patreon donations aren't charged until the beginning of the month and the July charge would be in August, well after the article was released. While I personally find it unlikely that the mention of Austin Walker was due to the financial relationship, it can suggest that a relationship exists which could have influenced why he was included in the article. Either way, when a financial relationship is present between the journalist and any subject, disclosures should be present in the article to inform the readers of this fact.
- Patreon supported from April to the beginning of July (at least three months of support) (https://archive.is/VnruR). From the the month of July to the beginning of August, there isn't any record of support. Support continues from August to on-going. (https://archive.is/ETbEh)
- Articles with Potential Conflicts of Interest:
- 07.06.15: Building a Mystery: Gaming's Crime Investigation Mechanics and the Beauty of Being Unsatisfied (VICE) https://archive.is/9Z5CE
- "This approach contrasts so sharply with how most games approach investigating crimes that some people couldn't quite wrap their heads around it. Giant Bomb's Austin Walker tweeted images from a message board discussion of Her Story in which one person told another that in this game, "It's up to you to decide when you are satisfied with the information you have found," and the other person replied, "how do I decide when I am satisfied?"
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