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The SPJ 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 — for democracy and society to thrive.
The past few years have been unusual to say the least. National and world events continue to keep the discussion of journalism ethics at the forefront. From reporting on election to the war in Ukraine to how to report on COVID-19, the SPJ Code of Ethics continues to be a guiding light to journalists around the world. The Code doesn’t tell journalists to sugar coat the news, but it guides journalists to consider the impact of the articles they write, the photos and videos they take and the words they use.
Explore this Ethics Week site to hear from SPJ members about how journalists apply the Code of Ethics to current events. Learn from members of the SPJ Professional Standards and Ethics Committee about “Why Ethics Matter.” Read recent articles pertaining to journalism ethics and disinformation. See examples of award-winning, ethical journalism – and much more.
We hope Ethics Week 2023 will not only help journalists in their endless pursuit of seeking truth and reporting it, but that the public will gain a better understanding of what is ethical journalism, why it’s important and the lengths journalists go to ensure the information they are providing is truthful, minimizes harm, is independent, accountable and transparent.
Seek Truth and Report it
Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
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 ones decisions to the public.
Coverage of journalism ethics the challenges, the missteps, the best practices and more during one of the industry's most volatile times.
Closely organized around SPJ's Code of Ethics, this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how students and professionals in journalism and other communication disciplines identify and reason through ethical dilemmas.
Get answers to your questions on journalism ethics answered by SPJ’s Director of Ethics and Diversity and SPJ’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee