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Code of Ethics

Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics

Travis Armknecht

on 11 May 2011

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Transcript of Code of Ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists'
Code of Ethics Seek the Truth
and Report It Minimize Harm Act Independently Be Accountable Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. Never plagiarize.
Avoid undercover and other surreptitious methods of gathering info except when traditional methods will not yield info vital to the public—explain that in the story.
Distinguish news from advertising—avoid blurring line between the two.
Recognize obligation to ensure public’s business is conducted in open & government records are open to inspection. Journalists should treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect. Show compassion for those affected by coverage especially kids
Be sensitive when seeking/using interviews/photos of those affected by tragedy
Balance suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to know
Recognize private people have greater right to control info about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know. Avoid conflicts of interest (real & perceived)
Refuse gifts, favors, fees, fares, free travel, secondary employment, political involvement etc.
Be wary of sources offering info for favors or money.
Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests & resist their pressure to influence coverage. Journalists should be accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other. Admit mistakes and correct them
Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media
Abide by the same high standards to which you hold others
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