Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.

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: ethics@spj.org


 

  • The Ethics Committee explains the importance of clearly identifying sources in a previous position paper, which also includes a detail overview on the use of anonymous sources.
    SOURCE: http://www.spj.org/ethics-papers-anonymity.asp