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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

Lynn Walsh
Assistant Director
Trusting News Project
Email
@LWalsh
Bio (click to expand) Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism for more than 10 years. Currently, she is a freelance journalist and the Assistant Director for the Trusting News project, where she works to help rebuild trust between journalists and the public by working with newsrooms to be more transparent about how they do their jobs.

She is a past national president for the Society of Professional Journalists. During her term, she spoke out against threats to the First Amendment while working to protect and defend journalists and journalism. She also serves the journalism organization as a member of SPJ’s FOI committee and is the current Ethics Chair. Lynn was also selected to represent SPJ on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee where she worked to recommend changes to help improve the national FOIA process.

Previously she led the NBC 7 Investigates and NBC 7 Responds teams in San Diego, California for KNSD-TV. Prior to working in California, 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, 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. Lynn travels around the country, teaching journalists and students about the latest innovative storytelling techniques and how to produce ethical content, no matter the medium.

Lynn is a proud Bobcat Alumna and graduated from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She loves the beach, sunsets, exploring the world and attempting new yoga poses. She believes the glass is half-full, the truth is always out there and that hard work, dedication and personality can make any dream come true.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 • SPJ News
SPJ mourns death of 95th President John Ensslin

Friday, August 2, 2019 • SPJ News
Journalists from ProPublica and The Associated Press earn SPJ Ethics in Journalism Awards

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

Monday, July 2, 2018 • SPJ News
Veteran journalist Rod Hicks named SPJ’s first Journalist on Call

Monday, May 21, 2018 • SPJ News
SPJ announces 2017 Mark of Excellence Award winners

Friday, April 20, 2018 • SPJ News
SPJ is making it crystal clear: Ethical Journalism Matters

Thursday, November 30, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ: LA Weekly ownership should reveal identity

Thursday, June 15, 2017 • SPJ News
The Arizona Republic receives SPJ New America Award for Navajo Housing project

Monday, June 5, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ joins groups asking that Gianforte be disciplined for violence against reporter

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

Friday, April 28, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ sends Code of Ethics to Congress as finale to Ethics Week 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 • SPJ News
Next week, Society of Professional Journalists to #PressForEthics - public needs ethical journalism now more than ever

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017 • SPJ News
New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission ‘wins’ Black Hole Award for transparency failures

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 • SPJ News
Groups urge officials to allow journalists to do their work at Standing Rock

Thursday, February 16, 2017 • SPJ News
Quotes from SPJ leaders on today’s White House press conference

Thursday, January 26, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – January 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ, 60 other journalism groups, ask Trump administration for meeting on government access

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ condemns “prior restraint” ordering The Trentonian to not publish about child abuse case

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ: Proposed Gawker bankruptcy plan can’t leave journalists without legal protection

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ joins 14 other journalism orgs to ask Trump to commit to protective press pool for transparency

Friday, September 23, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ President Walsh talks journalism ethics at Domestic Violence Summit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Cuillier receives SPJ's highest honor, the Wells Memorial Key

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Lynn Walsh installed as 2016-17 SPJ President

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Resolutions passed at Excellence in Journalism 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Pro Chapter of the Year honorees named

Monday, August 29, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – July 2016

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

Friday, August 19, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ chapters honored with Circle of Excellence Awards

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ gives two 2015 Ethics in Journalism Awards to outstanding journalists

Thursday, July 28, 2016 • SPJ News
The Guardian, Donovan Slack and Invisible Institute honored for contributions to open government

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – June 2016

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ condemns mistreatment of journalists this election season

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ President: FOIA reform vote important step in right direction for open government

Monday, April 18, 2016 • SPJ News
SDX Foundation declines Stephen Glass donation

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ: Las Vegas Review-Journal ownership should reveal identity

Friday, December 4, 2015 • SPJ News
Statement from SPJ Ethics chair regarding journalists entering San Bernardino shooters’ apartment

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ joins amicus brief in Texas biker shootout case

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ calls St. Louis County charges against journalists for covering Ferguson ‘ridiculous’

Thursday, July 16, 2015 • SPJ News
Three individuals win SPJ Ethics in Journalism Award

Monday, June 22, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ Code of Ethics becomes interactive

Monday, May 18, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ webinar to focus on real-world ethics

Monday, April 27, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ celebrates its 13th annual Ethics Week

Sunday, April 5, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ Disappointed in Journalistic Lapses Found in Rolling Stone Story

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 • SPJ News
SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Andrew Seaman on Just IN, Indiana’s state-run news organization

Saturday, September 6, 2014 • SPJ News
SPJ updates Code of Ethics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 • SPJ News
SPJ statement about alleged execution of American photojournalist James Foley

Friday, July 25, 2014 • SPJ News
Associated Press journalists win SPJ ethics award


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