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
Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
- Ethical journalists should – for the most part – have nothing to hide about their stories. They should also be able to explain their actions and decisions. The American Press Institute published a paper explaining the importance of transparency, including sharing information about reporting.