We were assigned to pick a scenario and a set of questions to answer and I chose conflict of interest. The scenario in a nutshell was that I was working as a journalist for a newspaper that happened to be covering a story about my father’s company. His company was involved with some sort of financial scandal and obviously I would not want to cover such a story.
I do not share a last name with my father, nor have we ever spoken on business terms. My plan of action would be to ask to be removed from the story after explaining I did not speak to my father about any of it and telling them straight out that I was his the daughter.
The reason this works is because reduces the amount of harm caused.