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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Codifying A New Code of Ethics

By Scott Leadingham

Itís finally here. After over a year of listening, gathering input, releasing drafts, doing re-writes and addressing concerns, the newly revised Code of Ethics is ready for prime time. But the show isnít over yet. Just like in show business, itís not over until the proverbial fat lady sings. In this case, sheíll sing in a most appropriate location: Nashville, Tenn. (aka Music City, USA).

In Nashville, during the SPJ convention at the Excellence in Journalism conference, delegates will have the final say on whether to adopt the new Code Ė or send it back to the drawing board. Before the vote, attendees will have one final chance to voice their opinion during a town hall-style session. The board of directors will also hold an advisory vote. All members, when voting online for national board positions during the conference, can cast an advisory yes or no vote, too.

In this section, you can better understand the process, and whatís gone into it:

- Review the Code delegates will be asked to vote on (here).

-Better understand the process, and whatís changed in this proposed update (here).

-Hear from a dissenting voice that says the Code changes are good, but not enough (here).

See much more about the process at the SPJ Code of Ethics revision page.

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