Ethics Links

SPJ Code of Ethics

SPJ Ethics Page
Codes of ethics, resources page, tip sheets/Q&A, message board and hotline.

Accountable Journalism
The Reynolds Journalism Institute created this database of more than 400 searchable codes of ethics from media outlets around the world.

Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists
Helpful website includes a toll-free number to call. Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Ethics and Social Justice has assembled this great service and web site for journalists. This is a free service!

Campaign Ethics: A Field Guide
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University has produced non-partisan, how-to book for candidates and political consultants on how to run an ethical campaign. It’s helpful for journalists who hope to better understand how ethics apply to the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.

RTDNA Code of Ethics

National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics

Poynter.org: Checklist for Recording Phone Conversations

MediaShift: Advice for Journalists Working with Traumatic Imagery

Center for Digital Ethics & Policy

Dart Center: Maintaining Boundaries with Sources, Colleagues and Supervisors

Ethics of Engaged Journalism

Citizen Journalism Code of Ethics

Ethics Report on Non-Profit JournalismThe Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has released a report on nonprofit news organizations and ethics.

Center for International Media Ethics
Chicago-based organization has a goal supporting journalists in “maintaining high ethical standards that contribute to the media’s consolidation as a fourth power in their country’s governance.”

Copyright x
Twelve lectures were prepared and delivered by Prof. William Fisher at Harvard Law School.

Sunshine Week Open Meetings
Events the week of March 12 promote open records.

Vocativ: The Rise of the Social Media Killer

First Draft News Journalist Guides
Guides to social sources, copyright law and covering trauma.

IJNET: How Journalists Can Better Approach Victims of Disaster

Dart Center: Resources for Educators Training Journalists Covering Sensitive Issues
Resources from San Diego State professor Amy Schmitz Weiss on teaching students to cover topics such as suicide, homicides, sexual assaults and other traumatic news events.

iMedia Ethics Pinterest: Faux Photography
Doctored photos.

The Photo Society: Safeguarding the Truths in Photojournalism
A great Ami Vitale blog post on image rights and the internet.

Global Voices Online: A Do-It-Yourself Code of Ethics
Explores ONA’s code.

Cyberjournalist.net: Ethics and Credibility
Feed of stories and blog posts on web ethics issues, etc.

Fairness and Accuracy in News Reporting

Skewed News Tutor
Site helps news consumers learn to pinpoint exactly why a report might feel one-sided, or skewed.

Harvard University: The Pluralism Project
A must-bookmark for anyone reporting on religion or ethics. Run by the Committee on the Study of Religion, this site offers current research, media resources, news stories and much, much more.

The Committee of Concerned Journalists
This is a group of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession, sponsors forums, etc.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

What is Plagiarism Quiz

Dart Center: Working with Traumatic Imagery

Resources for Journalism Ethics
From Steve Buttry.

World Association for Christian Communications
A media watchdog organization from England that offers an alternative perspective than the mainstream media’s view of values and religious issues. Has commentary on the coverage of the 9-11 tragedies.

Accuracy in Media

PressWise.org.uk: Global Directory of Journalism Codes
This site has one-stop shopping for ethics sites.

Ethics and Public Policy Center
A Washington think-tank that puts together seminars and studies.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Ethics and Public Policy Center
A Washington think-tank that puts together seminars and studies.

Ethics Guide for Public Radio Journalism

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

University of Minnesota: Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law

University of Hawaii: Web Resources for Studying Journalism Ethics

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker
Search for copies of your page on the web. Helps you defend your site from plagiarism. Just type in your site’s web address.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Journalism Ethics at College Newspapers
A great site by Francis Frizzo at Hofstra University.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
The online companion to the PBS series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy.

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