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The March/April 2014 issue of Quill is now online. Stories include:
– From the President
– Ten with Liz Wahl
– Citizen Code
– Says Who?
– Member Profile: Lindsey Cook
– Guidelines on Anonymous Sources
– Digital Media Toolbox
– Education Toolbox
– Revising the Code of Ethics: What’s going on?
– FOI Toolbox
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Closely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas. Stressing the cross-platform viability of basic ethical principles, this study features a wide selection of case studies penned by professional journalists including several new additions that offer examples of thoughtful, powerful, and principled reporting.
For more information about the book, and to order, click here.
A years worth of work by SPJs Freelance Committee debuted at Excellence In Journalism 2012 with the introduction of On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism, the committees first effort to consolidate the collected wisdom of its members.
The 77-page guide, available only in digital form, addresses a broad range of questions common among new and aspiring freelancers from bookkeeping to business licenses to branding and is free to download for all SPJ members.
Follow this link to get your copy. Not an SPJ member? Now you have yet another reason to be one.
What would our profession do without the ability to access information held by government agencies? What would we do without state and federal Freedom of Information laws? SPJ's Open Doors project is a comprehensive guide not only to the Freedom of Information Act, but also to freedom of information in general and how it applies to your work and even your life.
This free site from the Society of Professional Journalists contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research. Edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul instructor Mike Reilley, the site is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Crime, Legal Issues, Science, Environment, Journalism Jobs, Sports and more. The Toolbox is updated twice weekly and several times a day during prominent global breaking news events.
This collection of position papers is intended to clarify SPJs position on specific ethical themes that frequently arise in journalism, and also to provide better guidance for journalists, academics, students and the public when consulting SPJ's Code of Ethics.
This collection of position papers, produced by the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee, is intended to clarify SPJs position on specific ethical themes that frequently arise in journalism, and also to provide better guidance for journalists, academics, students and the public when consulting the SPJ Code of Ethics.
The following papers are available for immediate reference, with more on using anonymous sources, undercover reporting, dealing with victims of tragedy, handling diversity coverage, privacy and news media accountability to release over the coming months:
Reporting on Grief, Tragedy and Victims
Using the SPJ Code
For journalism instructors and others interested in presenting ethical dilemmas for debate and discussion, SPJ has a useful resource. We've been collecting a number of case studies for use in workshops. The Ethics AdviceLine operated by the Chicago Headline Club and Loyola University also has provided a number of examples. There seems to be no shortage of ethical issues in journalism these days. Please feel free to use these examples in your classes, speeches, columns, workshops or other modes of communication.
Using the Holocaust Metaphor
Aaargh! Pirates! (and the Press)
Reigning on the Parade
Controversy over a Concert
Deep Throat, and His Motive
When Sources Wont Talk
A Suspect Confession
Whos the Predator?
The Medias Foul Ball
Publishing Drunk Drivers Photos
Naming Victims of Sex Crimes
A Self-Serving Leak
The Times and Jayson Blair
Cooperating with the Government
A Media-Savvy Killer
A Congressmans Past
Crafting a Policy