Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.

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


Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.

  • In a post on the Society’s website, former Ethics Committee Member Nerissa Young explains how stereotyping can occur beyond traditional views and cautions journalists to examine the lense through which they report.
    SOURCE: http://www.spj.org/rrr.asp?ref=1&t=ethics