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Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast.

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 […]

Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.

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 […]

Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.

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 […]

Fred Brown on Accuracy, Verification and Sources

There is nothing more important for a journalist, nothing more ethical, than to come as close to “truth” as possible. That’s why this principle is the first in the code of ethics. “Truth” may be subject to interpretation – people have different ideas about the truth of almost everything, including the age of the Earth […]

Label advocacy and commentary.

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 […]

Fred Brown on Labeling Advocacy and Commentary

It’s important to differentiate between opinion and impartial news coverage. More and more news organizations, though, seem to blur the lines between the two. The public has been a bit befuddled for years; many don’t distinguish between a newspaper’s editorials, say, and its regular news reporting. And there’s increasing evidence that members of the public […]

Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.

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 […]

Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.

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 […]

Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.

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 […]

Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.

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 […]