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Code Words: SPJ’s Ethics Committee Blog
– What Should Journalists Learn From Gawker’s Demise?
– Daily Beast’s Apology Falls Far Short of Gold
– The Daily Beast Wins Nothing At Olympics

Ethics Committee
This committee's purpose is to encourage the use of the Society's Code of Ethics, which promotes the highest professional standards for journalists of all disciplines. Public concerns are often answered by this committee. It also acts as a spotter for reporting trends in the nation, accumulating case studies of jobs well done under trying circumstances.

Ethics Committee chair

Andrew Seaman
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Bio (click to expand) Andrew is a medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York. Before coming to Reuters Health, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow at Reuters’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2011, Andrew graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow and was named “Student of the Year.” Andrew also graduated with his B.A. from Wilkes University in 2011.

He’s won numerous awards throughout his short career, including being named a 2010 Tom Bigler Scholar for ethical standards in journalism, the 2009 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, the 2009 and the Arthur H. Barlow National Student Journalist of the Year Award.


Monica Guzman, co-vice chair
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@moniguzman
Bio (click to expand) Monica is a Sunday columnist for The Seattle Times and a weekly columnist for GeekWire, covering issues in digital life. She was a juror for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, serves on the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute and contributed the closing chapter, “Community As an End,” to the 2013 Poynter book “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century.” From 2007 to 2010, Monica launched and ran the innovative Big Blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, complementing news and culture coverage with weekly reader meetups. From 2010 to 2012 she developed user communities for Seattle startups like Intersect, Trover and Glympse before kicking off her Times column.

A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, Monica emcees the popular quarterly community speaker series Ignite Seattle and is assisting the American Press Institute with a newsroom innovation project. Monica served on the ethics code revision task force and is an active member of the Western Washington Pro chapter of SPJ. She is currently serving as chapter president.


Fred Brown, co-vice chair
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Bio (click to expand) picture Fred Brown is a former national president of SPJ (1997-98) and is very active on its ethics committee. He writes a column on ethics for Quill magazine and served on the committee that wrote the Society’s 1996 code of ethics.

Brown officially retired from The Denver Post in early 2002, but continues to write a Sunday editorial page column for the newspaper. He also does analysis for Denver’s NBC television station, teaches communication ethics at the University of Denver, and is a principal in Hartman & Brown, LLP, a media training and consulting firm. He has won several awards for writing and community service, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial writing in 1988. He is an Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University, a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame, and serves on the boards of directors of Colorado Public Radio, the Colorado Freedom of Information Council and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.


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Ethics Week
April 24-30, 2016

Ethics Week 2016 is April 24-30, and this year we are exploring “Emerging Ethics: Best Practices for New Technology.”

Ethics Week is a time to recognize journalists who seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and are accountable and transparent. How can you participate? Change your social media profile picture (using the picture to the right) to show you support ethical journalists and journalism. Be sure to read Code Words, the SPJ Ethics Committee blog, every day as committee members and SPJ volunteers explore everything from drone journalism to virtual reality. Watch for details on how you can talk ethics with members of the SPJ Ethics Committee during our Ethics Week Twitter chat, and brush up on your journalism ethics knowledge so you are ready for our Ethics Week Twitter contest and the chance to win SPJ prizes!

Don’t forget, the SPJ Code of Ethics was just updated in 2014, including links within the code that take readers to a wealth of supporting documentation and information. The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of writers, editors and other news professionals around the world. Because of this, the Code is available in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The ethics issue of Quill magazine is available now, and don’t forget to order free posters and bookmarks for your classroom, newsroom or SPJ chapter (email mlamar@spj.org with your address and request numbers). Or better yet, get them now by downloading and printing your own posters and bookmarks from our website.

Is your chapter doing something to celebrate Ethics Week? We want to hear about it! Send a short description of what you have planned to Communications Coordinator Maggie LaMar at mlamar@spj.org. Want to get involved? Let us know that too.

Happy Ethics Week! Thank you to all those who produce and support ethical journalism!

Want to do more? Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. Become a member, give to the Legal Defense Fund, or give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

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Ethics
Ethics Home
SPJ Code of Ethics
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Ethics Hotline
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Ethics Committee

Code Words: SPJ’s Ethics Committee Blog
– What Should Journalists Learn From Gawker’s Demise?
– Daily Beast’s Apology Falls Far Short of Gold
– The Daily Beast Wins Nothing At Olympics

Ethics Committee
This committee's purpose is to encourage the use of the Society's Code of Ethics, which promotes the highest professional standards for journalists of all disciplines. Public concerns are often answered by this committee. It also acts as a spotter for reporting trends in the nation, accumulating case studies of jobs well done under trying circumstances.
 

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