#SPJ Code of Ethics


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 19th, 2018 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Bad communication, an apology: examining Koch sponsorship

Heading into this year’s national Excellence in Journalism convention, a few SPJ chapters criticized the national board and headquarters because the Charles Koch Institute was sponsoring a Freedom of Information Act session. Continue reading


Code Words | January 16th, 2018 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The Power of Words

Screen capture of President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since winning the November 8 elections – as viewed from CSPAN.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” President Donald Trump reportedly asked Thursday at a White House meeting discussing immigration policies and protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and the African continent. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Keeping journalism honest

Keeping journalists honest is something that will help journalism thrive in 2018 and beyond. (Photo: Pixabay)

It is said that the things that are the simplest are often the most important. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
An external conversation

One of the pressing questions journalism is facing is how outlets can restore the trust of the public. Last week, the Poynter Institute held a summit to discuss journalism ethics (which SPJ’s national president, Rebecca Baker, attended), which coincided with the release of a media trust survey. Continue reading


Code Words | December 4th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Transparency a Must During Harassment Investigations

Garrison Keillor (via Michael O’Brien/Creative Commons)

Minnesota Public Radio should follow the lead of other news organizations in dealing with harassment allegations.

Minnesota Public Radio journalists are seeking answers from their company after it severed ties Wednesday with Garrison Keillor, who is accused of “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.”

Keillor announced his own departure and communicated with journalists from a number of news organizations. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 29th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Matt Lauer and a transparent industry

NBC News has said it has fired Matt Lauer, the longtime co-host of the Today Show. In an email to staff, Andrew Lack, NBC News’ chairman, said a complaint was received on Monday night, and that a review of that complaint led to the termination of his employment. Continue reading


Code Words | November 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists Must Be Held Accountable

Charlie Rose in 2006. (Flickr Creative Commons/Thomas Hawk)

Journalism organizations and institutions should not shy away from holding people accountable for their actions.

CBS News, Bloomberg and PBS cut ties with Charlie Rose on Tuesday after numerous reports of sexual misconduct. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter and the truth

Two tube stations within London’s Underground were reopened after reports emerged that shots were fired on Oxford Street in central London. In a message on Twitter, British Transport Police, which looks after trains and the subway network, said there was no such evidence of gunfire. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Chest-thumping + ignorance = fake legislating?

Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas has to know that his bill proposing mandatory licenses for journalists isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

He doesn’t even need to read all of the way through the First Amendment to figure it out. Continue reading


Code Words | October 5th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Video: The Balance Between Necessary and Excess

(via Flicker Creative Commons/cpkatie)

Journalists and news organizations have been intensively covering Sunday’s shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. At least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured as spectators enjoyed a festival of country music. Continue reading


Code Words | September 30th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Puerto Rico’s Situation Is Not up for Debate

Radar image of Hurricane Maria on September 19, 2017. (via NASA)

A majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are without electricity and clean drinking water more than a week after Hurricane Maria tore across the island. Continue reading


Net Worked | September 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The matter of facts (and their ethics)

Twitter has become a popular way to disseminate news. (Photo: Pixabay)

There is no question that social media has enhanced our abilities to disseminate information and to inform audiences about the events of the world. Continue reading


Net Worked | August 25th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The social question

There is no question that social media has challenged how audiences consume journalism, but it has raised several ethical concerns, notably surrounding the algorithm. But not enough is being done, nor is enough being asked about it. Continue reading


Code Words | August 15th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists Should Speak Out Against Discrimination

The Academic Village at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. (via Phil Roeder on Flickr Creative Commons)

Objectivity is correctly cited as an elemental trait of good journalists, which is exhibited in their ability to separate fact from fiction regardless of their personal biases. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 13th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A cover image

On Saturday, SPJ member Marie C. Baca in New Mexico sent an open letter to the SPJ national board voicing her displeasure with the cover of the July/August 2017 issue of Quill. Continue reading