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#SPJTruth Day

October 22, 2020

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Help spread #SPJTruth

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.

Because 2020 has been so unusual, we did not hold SPJ Ethics Week in March as we normally do. Instead, we are taking one day — Oct. 22 — to focus on disinformation and misinformation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial tensions and the upcoming presidential election. By working together, we can stop the spread of disinformation and ensure TRUTH drowns out all the noise.

We hope this day will help journalists in their endless pursuit of seeking truth and reporting it. And we hope the public will gain a better understanding of ethical journalism vs. disinformation and how they can help be a part of the solution.

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 truth and ethics on social media.

Donate and help with our efforts to spread #SPJTruth.

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.


The latest in ethics


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Learn all about SPJ's Code of Ethics from two of the people, Andrew Seaman and Lynn Walsh, who helped draft it.

A user’s guide to interacting with the press in the United States of America [PDF]

Book our ethics experts

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Learn about secure places to leak information

Watch the ethics webinar about unnamed sources

Read ethics case studies