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Should journalists interview journalists?

One of the first things I learned in my early days as a journalist was that we should never interview another journalist for a story.

Many papers seem to uphold this principle. But there are just as many that has done away with it. 

On Fairfax TV (part of the Fairfax group in Australia), it has become a very common practice. What is irksome is that they even interview their own journalists!

Here is a screen shot of one of their journalists, Mark Kenny, being interviewed by a colleague. 


The reasons for not interviewing colleagues are many – mostly good ones.

But I would like to hear your opinion.