Ethics

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  • #859
    When covering live events that could turn graphic quickly, have you taken sufficient precautions to prevent inappropriate pictures and sound from airing?
    Jul 11, 2017
    Ethics
  • #814
    When you link to your sources, you attribute the information, and provide context and detail for your readers.
    Feb 02, 2017
    Ethics, Plagiarism
  • #774
    Develop a standard methodology for choosing facts and producing fact checks; share this with your audience.
    Sep 13, 2016
    Ethics, fact-checking
  • #759
    Make a checklist to help you review your story before publishing. This can help you avoid making errors.
    Sep 02, 2015
    Ethics
  • #755
    Seek the truth and report it as fully as possible. Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
    Aug 25, 2015
    Ethics
  • #683
    Mentions of race and/or ethnicity in reporting often fall into four categories: inexplicable, uneven, misplaced and unexplained. Be wary of these.
    Apr 30, 2015
    Ethics
  • #596
    Mentions of race and/or ethnicity in reporting often fall into four categories: inexplicable, uneven, misplaced and unexplained. Be wary of these.
    Feb 27, 2013
  • #500
    Independence when making professional and personal decisions is critical if ethical journalists are to help audiences create accurate and useful pictures of reality.
    Dec 12, 2011
    Ethics
  • #428
    A concrete set of guidelines may prove helpful in navigating the difficult and often subjective area of ethical decision-making.
    Aug 03, 2011
    Ethics
  • #300
    "Doing ethics" mirrors the reporting process at the heart of journalism: Ask good questions to better understand what is going on, to learn key facts, to consider alternative approaches and to move toward an action.
    Mar 07, 2011
    Ethics