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SPJ Ethics Week

Coming Fall 2020

Help us #PressForEthics

SPJ’s Code of Ethics states that ethical journalism is truthful, compassionate, independent and transparent. We need ethical journalism — and journalists who work each day with the profession’s highest standards in mind — now more than ever.

The goal of Ethics Week is to not only help journalists explain how they ethically cover stories, but to share with the public information about what journalists do, how to identify ethical journalism, where to find it and how to support it.

What can you do?

Join us and show your commitment to ethical journalism.

Be in the know when it comes to finding and sharing ethical news.

Add your voice to the conversation by talking all things ethics on social media.

Donate and help with our efforts to #PressforEthics.

Seek Truth and Report it

Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.

Act Independently

The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.

Be Accountable And Transparent

Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one's work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.


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