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BIS 332: Global Digital Industries (Tang): Political Economy Profile Sources

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Journalism Ethics

Who writes the news? Read more about professional journalists and their code of ethics.

Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics - pdf | html
Preamble:
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.

Characteristics of Scholarly Sources

What is a scholarly article? Here are some characteristics.

  • Scholarly journals and books usually cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies.
  • Articles are written by a scholar or expert in the field.
  • The language of scholarly sources is typically that of the discipline covered.
  • Scholarly sources usually assume that the reader has some prior knowledge of the topic or problem.
  • The main purpose of a scholarly journal is to report on original research or experimentation in order to make such information available to the rest of the scholarly world.
  • Many scholarly journals, though by no means all, are published by a specific professional organization.
  • Many scholarly journals are "peer reviewed" or "refereed". To be accepted for publication in a given journal the author of an article must submit his or her article to be reviewed, usually anonymously, by a panel of experts in the field.

Many books are also considered scholarly, though they typically do not go through the same peer review process as journals. These are published by university or academic "trade" publishers.

Read more about identifying scholarly sources.

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