The committee that revised the Society’s Code of Ethics felt the document’s tenets and underlying principles apply to all journalism regardless of how it’s ultimately presented. Still, the committee knew people interested in ethical journalism may benefit from additional guidance from the Society and other people and organizations.
Below are several resources that the Society’s ethics committee compiled to help people with day-to-day decisions. These resources are not formally part of the Code. Also, these lists will grow and change as more resources are found, or as resources become obsolete.
For those people who still have questions, please email the Society’s Ethics Hotline: firstname.lastname@example.org
- James Janega writes for Poynter on five ways that journalists can engage with their audience online and face-to-face. Those include responding to questions, holding community events and engaging in social media.
- Natalie Jomini Stroud writes for the American Press Institute that journalists should be cautious about interacting with their audience through social media, however. “Journalists’ online behavior can influence what audiences think of them and their journalism,” she writes.
- Bob Cohn writes for The Atlantic about how journalists and new organizations can curate useful and productive comment sections on their websites. One theory he mentions is that traditional comment sections on websites are archaic thank to social media like Twitter and Facebook.