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
- In general, journalists have been naming their sources for decades in newspapers and broadcasts, but the Internet allows for journalists to go one step further by providing their original materials. In this Poynter.com, several past examples on open journalism is discussed.
- Steve Buttry, a journalist and professor, provides a strong argument on his blog about why journalists should link to original sources throughout the Internet. In short, linking is honest, transparent, attribution and provides context.