Last year I'd written "The 2011 MCC Quilt Auction and Relief Sale Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village" with a bit more background about "MCC" and its charitable efforts.
I must disclose that I currently serve on the Board for this Relief Sale; I will also sell you a Sloppy Joe in the village square.
Promoting my Quilt Auction 2012 Article
Disclosing One Hand-Crafted Writing Tip
In DeHaan Services, I usually include a "disclaimer" to say that I am not paid to write about an upcoming event.
Since I am indeed on the Board for this organization, it's important to disclose that fact.
If you frequently review movies or restaurants, most people will assume that you're not related to anyone in the business.
But it's become more and more important for writers to disclose any and all perquisites ("perks") or favours. If someone pays for your travel, lends you a car, or gives you a free coffee for your article, then tell your readers.
Now if only we could get news reporters to admit that the price for access to politicians is favourable spin...that might improve democracy.
So please do your part in telling your readers whether...or not...you have any vested interest in something covered in your articles.
In this case, I do actively support the charitable work by MCC, as well as raising funds at the annual Toronto's Black Creek Pioneer Village MCC Quilt Auction 2012.