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Journalism Ethics & Standards
- Journalism ethics and standards are principles of good practice.
- Professional journalism associations, individual news organizations, and journalists themselves often have their own "code of ethics;" however, most share these basic principles: truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability.
- Many journalists also abide by the principle of "limitation of harm" which means that they have a responsibility to not harm others while reporting a story. This is one major difference between professional journalists reporting for "reputable" news organizations as opposed to fringe news sources and fake news creators.
- When evaluating a news organization, read its' statement or code of ethics. What does it tell you if the organization does not publish its' ethics for all to access?
- Simply use your favorite search engine to search for the name of a news source and ethics. Here are a few for starters:
Organizations promoting journalism standards
Accuracy in Media
"...a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record staright on important issues that have received slanted coverage."
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
"...a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center also addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism."
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
"...the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986."
Poynter Institute - Ethics
Includes columns and stories about journalism ethics, guiding principals, ethics tipc sheets, ethics case studies, and more.
SPJ Code of Ethics
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.
- Seek Truth and Report It
- Minimize Harm
- Act Independently
- Be Accountable and Transparent
Journals & Magazines that Cover Ethics-Related Topics
Some Books in the Library
From Twitter to Tahrir Square: ethics in social and new media communication by This timely guide examines the influence of social media in private, public, and professional settings, particularly the ethical implications of the cultural changes and trends created by their use. * Features expert contributors from different academic backgrounds to provide varied perspectives * Integrates theoretical analysis with practical solutions to stimulate critical thinking while engaging interest * Includes practical guidelines for navigating a changing media environment * Reveals how ancient Chinese philosophies can provide a framework for ethics in social and new media * Provides helpful criteria for working responsibly with social networking sites
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Social Media Communication by In Social Media Communication: Concepts, Practices, Data, Law and Ethics, Jeremy Harris Lipschultz presents a wide-scale, interdisciplinary analysis and guide to social media. Examining platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Youtube and Vine, the book explores and analyzes journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising and marketing. Lipschultz focuses on key concepts, best practices, data analyses, law and ethics all promoting the critical thinking professionals and students need to use new networking tools effectively and to navigate social and mobile media spaces. Featuring contemporary case studies, essays from some of the industry s leading social media innovators, and a comprehensive glossary, this practical, multipurpose textbook gives readers the resources they ll need to both evaluate and utilize current and future forms of social media. For more information about the book, supplementary updates and teaching materials, follow Social Media Communication online at: Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/SocialMediaCommunication Twitter: @JeremyHL #smc2015 SlideShare: http: //www.slideshare.net/jeremylipschultz "
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
Radical Media Ethics by Radical Media Ethics presents a series of innovative ethical principles and guidelines for members of the global online media community. Offers a comprehensive new way to think about media ethics in a new media era Provides guiding principles and values for practising responsible global media ethics Introduces one of the first codes of conduct for a journalism that is global in reach and impact Includes both philosophical considerations and practical elements in its establishment of new media ethics guidelines
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
The Invention of Journalism Ethics, Second Edition by Does objectivity exist in the news media? In The Invention of Journalism Ethics, Stephen Ward argues that given the current emphasis on interpretation, analysis, and perspective, journalists and the public need a new theory of objectivity. He explores the varied ethical assertions of journalists over the past few centuries, focusing on the changing relationship between journalist and audience. This historical analysis leads to an innovative theory of pragmatic objectivity that enables journalists and the public to recognize and avoid biased and unbalanced reporting. Ward convincingly demonstrates that journalistic objectivity is not a set of absolute standards but the same fallible but reasonable objectivity used for making decisions in other professions and public institutions. Considered a classic in the field since its first publication in 2004, this second edition includes new chapters that bring the book up to speed with journalism ethics in the twenty-first century by focusing on the growing dominance of online journalism and calling for a radical approach to journalism ethics reform. Ward also addresses important developments that have occurred in the last decade, including the emergence of digital journalism ethics and global journalism ethics.
Publication Date: 2015-09-30
The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered by This collection of original essays brings a dramatically different perspective to bear on the contemporary 'crisis of journalism'. Rather than seeing technological and economic change as the primary causes of current anxieties, The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered draws attention to the role played by the cultural commitments of journalism itself. Linking these professional ethics to the democratic aspirations of the broader societies in which journalists ply their craft, it examines how the new technologies are being shaped to sustain value commitments rather than undermining them. Recent technological change and the economic upheaval it has produced are coded by social meanings. It is this cultural framework that actually transforms these 'objective' changes into a crisis. The book argues that cultural codes not only trigger sharp anxiety about technological and economic changes, but provide pathways to control them, so that the democratic practices of independent journalism can be sustained in new forms.
Publication Date: 2016-06-20
Global Media Ethics by Global Media Ethics is the first comprehensive cross-cultural exploration of the conceptual and practical issues facing media ethics in a global world. A team of leading journalism experts investigate the impact of major global trends on responsible journalism. The first full-length, truly global textbook on media ethics Explores how current global changes in media promote and inhibit responsible journalism Includes relevant and timely ethical discussions based on major trends in journalism and global media Questions existing frameworks in Media Ethics in light of the impact of global media Contributors are leading experts in global journalism and communication
Publication Date: 2013-03-04