Ethics

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A new report from the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics committee looks at when a relationship with a source is so close that it's apt to affect a journalist’s news judgment.

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

How close is too close?” is a timeless and somewhat insidious question for journalists, and the answers are as inevitably murky as are human relationships themselves.

May 05, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

How exactly would an editor rationalize a decision to unpublish? What alternatives are available? The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee took an actual unpublishing request made to a major Canadian news organization and analyzed it according to the guidelines we authored in 2010. 

May 05, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Should journalists inform sources of potential risks of sharing information through the media? Do people understand what’s at stake in talking to journalists?

Apr 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

There is no magic formula for ensuring a civil exchange of relevant ideas and opinions. Setting the ground rules, monitoring the conversation and being engaged in it can go long way to achieving that goal, says a report by the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee.

Apr 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Setting the ground rules, monitoring the conversation and being engaged in it can go long way to achieving that goal, says a report by the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee.

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee looked at whether journalists have a responsibility to discuss the potential consequences of an interview when dealing with vulnerable sources, and if that could be done without undermining journalists’ duty to serve the public interest by providing it with important information. Esther Enkin reports. 

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In journalism, we are focused on publicizing, rather than protecting, information, writes Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee member Meredith Levine. There is currently little in the way of legal, professional or ethical obligations for journalists to consider the effect of their stories on the subjects of those stories, but perhaps there should be.    

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Sharing information with a reporteris not a risk free act. There is a range of potential consequences for subjects and sources. The Canadian Association of Journalists ethics committee considered if interview subjects can really give consent without a chat about the consequences of their interview. 

 

Feb 12, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists convened the panel in the wake of Mellissa Fung's 2008 kidnapping with a mandate to consider when and under what circumstances media outlets should consent to news blackouts.

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CAJ Ethics Committee

CAJ This is the Web space of the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). The committee was formed to consider and provide advice on ethical issues faced by journalists through the course of regular work. Members are appointed by the CAJ’s national board of directors and its chair is appointed by the board from among the committee members. Ivor Shapiro, the committee's chair, is also chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism and teaches journalism ethics and feature reporting at Ryerson University. To contribute to the discussion, please comment on any article or contact the committee chair.

CAJ Principles for Ethical Journalism
CAJ Ethics Guidelines

Reports of the committee:
Digital accuracy and corrections
News blackouts
Personal activity online
Protection of sources
Reposting and retweeting
Seeking public office
Unpublishing
What is journalism?
Informed consent
Online comment moderation
How close is too close?

CAJ Ethics Committee

  • Ivor Shapiro (chair)
  • Marc-François Bernier
  • Patrick Brethour
  • Bert Bruser
  • Tim Currie
  • Kathy English
  • Esther Enkin
  • Meredith Levine
  • Julian Sher
  • Craig Silverman
  • Shauna Snow-Capparelli
  • Ellen van Wageningen

Full list with bios

      

   

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