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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
Email
@andrewmseaman
Bio (click to expand) Andrew is a news editor at LinkedIn. Before joining LinkedIn, he worked for seven years as a senior medical journalist at Reuters Health. Prior to that, 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.


Lynn Walsh, vice chair
Project Manager
Trusting News Project
E-mail
@LWalsh
Bio (click to expand) Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer.

Most recently, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk producing stories for the 30+ Scripps news organizations across the country. Before moving to the national desk, she worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, the Scripps owned TV station in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has won state and local awards as well as multiple Emmy’s for her stories. She loves holding the powerful accountable and spends more time than she would like fighting for access to public information.

Her passion lies in telling multimedia stories that deliver hard hitting facts across multiple platforms. She describes herself as a "data-viz nerd" who is obsessed with new online tools to share information on the web and mobile applications.

She is a contributor to the Radio Television Digital News Association blog and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for SPJ and is a member of SPJ’s FOI, Generation J and Ethics committees.

Lynn is always interested in new projects surrounding FOI, public information access, mobile reporting tools, social media and interactive journalism. She is a proud Bobcat Alumna and graduated from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 • SPJ News
SPJ Letter to the Editor in support of free press

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Monday, June 5, 2017 • SPJ News
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Friday, May 26, 2017 • SPJ News
National winners announced for 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 • SPJ News
Journalists to #PressforEthics during SPJ Ethics Week 2017

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Friday, September 23, 2016 • SPJ News
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Cuillier receives SPJ's highest honor, the Wells Memorial Key

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Lynn Walsh installed as 2016-17 SPJ President

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SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – July 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016 • SPJ News
Professional Chapter of the Year finalists announced

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The Guardian, Donovan Slack and Invisible Institute honored for contributions to open government

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 • SPJ News
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Monday, July 11, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ to testify before Senate committee on FOIA’s future

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SDX Foundation declines Stephen Glass donation

Monday, January 18, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Black Hole Award open for nominations through Feb. 26


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