7. The Jump

Malarek ambushed Stevens as she exited a grocery store in Joggins. With the camera following closely behind him, Malarek asked Stevens if he could talk to her about her testimony in Young’s trial. Stevens, visibly distraught and caught off guard, ran towards a car, yelling “get the fuck out of here!” Sobbing, she rushed into […]

6. The Decision to Confront Sharon Stevens

After their interview requests were ignored, the fifth estate team debated whether to ambush Sharon Stevens in her new home in Joggins, Nova Scotia. Executive producer David Studer recalls consulting CBC policy on jump interviews: Producer David Kaufman explains his own reasoning for undertaking the encounter. This story seemed to fulfil all three requirements for a CBC […]

4. When is a Jump Justified?

Jump interviews should be a last resort, after all other interview options have been tried, according to many reporters and producers interviewed for this story. Otherwise, they warn, journalists risk damage to their credibility when coming across as unnecessarily combative or unfair. As Dean Jobb points out, journalists should “treat sources and the subjects of stories with respect. […]

Ambushed! The Ethics of Unplanned Interviews

The fifth estate‘s dramatic “jump” footage spotlighted an innocent man’s jailing. But was it fair to air it? Case study by Simon Bredin, Sam Colbert and Arielle Piat-Sauvé March 2015 Introduction David Milgaard. Steven Truscott. Robert Baltowich. Canadians know the names of these men because Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s organization, the Association in Defence of the […]