Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.

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: ethics@spj.org


Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.

  • While the Society’s Code of Ethics is one of the most valuable and helpful resources in journalism, it’s entirely voluntary. Everyone may use the Code, but it’s not enforceable under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Society’s Ethics Committee provides a guide on how to use the Code.
    SOURCE: http://www.spj.org/ethics-papers-code.asp


  • Accountability and credibility in journalism go hand in hand, and the Society’s Ethics Committee took a deeper look at what it means to be accountable in a position paper.
    SOURCE: http://www.spj.org/ethics-papers-accountability.asp


  • The University of Wisconsin Center for Journalism Ethics offers several options in how people can hold journalists accountable for their actions.
    SOURCE: https://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/holding-media-accountable/