Life is full of choices. You make them and hope for the best. Sometimes you’re right; sometimes you’re not.Joseph Sisko, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
Everyone attempting to report the news should be transparent about the ethical standards to which they subscribe. I’m just one person, which means I make the guidelines for my coverage.
Here are said guidelines:
They will happen. They’ll be quickly addressed and rectified.
If I’m not proud to put my name on it, it won’t go up.
See SPJ Code of Ethics. Also, remember journalists are human and follow their own ethical codes, which may differ somewhat from the general industry standard.
Names will be spelled correctly. Titles and pronouns will be accurate. Anonymous sources will be avoided unless the omission of their information would be hurtful to the story.
Never. In a democracy such as ours (the United States, that is), parties are innocent until proven otherwise. Parties ruled guilty will be named as relevant to the story.
Clearly labeled as such. All views and opinions are my own.
No. See AP Stylebook.
Unacceptable. All sources will be properly quoted and linked, as applicable.
We have our little square inch of principle and we are standing on it.Ben Bradlee, Washington Post