Ethics

Jan 11, 2011
What is "responsible" journalism? Celebrating the first anniversary of an epochal Canadian libel judgment that will see this question litigated for years to come, a group of graduate students has launched a wiki to help journalists themselves define their profession's best practices. Ryerson professors Brian MacLeod Rogers and Ivor Shapiro explain.
Aug 23, 2010 - Posted by Dana Lacey

Should you factcheck a Twitter post before you re-tweet? Should you verify that every Facebook post is correct before you pass it on to your friends and followers? The CAJ Ethics Committee has created guidelines for sharing stories via social media...

Aug 23, 2010 - Posted by Dana Lacey
The New York University handbook for journalism ethics, law and good practices is chockful of useful information and guidelines for journalists...
Aug 23, 2010 - Posted by Dana Lacey
Pictures are worth 1,000 words – in the newspaper business that equals about 25 inches of print. One image or sound can summarize an event or person or motivate a nation; one image can upset people more than endless pages of print on the subject. Carolynne Burkholder on the ethics of photojournalism.
Aug 23, 2010 - Posted by Dana Lacey
In his book, The Bigger Picture, Ivor Shapiro includes a chapter about the ethics of feature writing... 
Aug 23, 2010 - Posted by Ivor Shapiro

Canadian Association of JournalistsMany journalism organizations offer ethics guidelines, including the Canadian Association of Journalists, which has both a general statement of principles for ethical journalism and an expanded ethics guidelines

Some other journalist' codes of conduct include:
Society of Professional Journalists (USA)
National Union of Journalists (UK)
Journalism Code of Ethics (New Zealand)
RTNDA Canada's Code of Ethics for electronic journalists
Guide de déontologie des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ)
- English version: Professional Code of Ethics for Quebec Journalists
Communications Workers of America, Canada (includes several newspaper and media guilds)
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP Media/Canadian Freelance Union)
National Society of Newspaper Columnists Code of Conduct (North America)
Association of Opinion Journalists Basic Statement of Principles


Many major news organizations provide guidelines for editorial staff, though not all these documents are available to the public. Of special interest may be the ethics guidelines of The Canadian Press and The New York Times Company.

None of these codes is intended as, or useful as, a rule book for every occasion. Lists of guidelines may help in clarifying some widely accepted norms of practice, but journalists' work calls for frequent decisions of individual and collective conscience which often involve balancing conflicting values and analyzing complex situations. Still, as Stephen J.A. Ward has suggested, codes can, if incorporated into newsroom discussions, inform moral reasoning and promote public accountability.

Feb 17, 2010
This register of members of the Organization of News Ombudsmen includes direct links to the current columns of ombuds worldwide. (Many of the ombuds also maintain feeds and newsletters.) A useful way to stay on top of  ethical issues facing journalists internationally. 
Apr 08, 2009 - Posted by Regan Ray
Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen, a website project headed by Stephen J.A. Ward has launched. Ward, former director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia...
May 12, 2008 - Posted by Heather McCall
Today, the ethics of photojournalism goes far beyond the ethics of the newspaper photo. It includes the millions of news-related images that appear on our televisions, cell phones, computer screens and other multi-media devices. With these advances photojournalism has become more complicated both technologically and ethically. This article provides an overview of the issue.
Oct 31, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
Journalists using social networking sites, photo sharing sites and other new media technologies to gather information face new ethical challenges. Journalists are being forced to re-evaluate such questions as "What is in the public domain?" and "Is it okay to publish information obtained by 'lurking?'" This Online Journalism Blog post describes some of those challenges and reviews a new book called Online Journalism Ethics: Traditions and Transitions by Cecilia Friend and Jane B. Singer that journalism educators may find helpful in adapting their ethics courses.
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