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
- The Journalist Toolbox offers several resources to find a wide range of experts from all backgrounds and cultures. As always, it’s up to each journalist to evaluate the credentials of the sources they include in their stories.
- Georgiana Vines writes for the Society’s Diversity Committee about journalists expanding their source network and developing story ideas.
- Tracy Everbach also writes for the Society’s Diversity Committee on how to integrate more female sources into news coverage. “As journalists, we don’t think much about the sources we use in stories every day; we just try to cover the news and meet our deadlines,” she writes. “But actually studying the content of newspapers, online news and broadcast news can be eye-opening.”