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Ethics Week 2018
– Ethics Blogs and Position Papers
– What is ethical journalism and why is it important?
– What do journalists do and who are they?
– Ethical journalism looks like this
– What can you do?
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– Read ethics case studies
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.
The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.
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.
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
More from Quill:
– Student press freedom laws gain momentum
– A primer for journalists covering sexual assault
– Sinclair’s ‘teachable moment’ raises even more questions
– Sinclair’s mandates threaten independent, local journalism
– Isolation and harassment: My life as a female journalist in Pakistan
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SPJ has compiled the following resources in light of the increasing sexual misconduct allegations against high-profile male journalists. These are for journalists everywhere, but especially for those being harassed, those whose employers dont provide employee training or those who know harassment is taking place but arent sure what to do about it.
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Government Accountability Project have teamed up with several other whistleblowing and media organizations to inform journalists on how they can safely work with whistleblowers, and have created a comprehensive case for why those brave workers who risk everything should be praised and better protected.
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SPJ's lengthy roster of chapters provide its backbone. The local chapter is the conduit SPJ members require to learn about events in their local journalism community as well as positions that journalists are taking nationwide on topics such as Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights. Locate, participate in and develop a chapter here.
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