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
- Journalists often encounter problems when covering breaking news. In many developing situations, journalists need to update and correct information over a short period of time. The first step is to get the facts correct the first time around. Please see the section on speed and accuracy.
- Craig Silverman offers a detailed explanation on Poynter about why corrections are important, and how to do so effectively. His post includes examples and detailed explanations about corrections.
- Mallary Tenor takes a deep dive for Poynter on how journalism organizations can respond to requests to “unpublish” news stories from the Internet. Instead of unpublishing stories, Tenor looks at alternatives that may be helpful years after publication.