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CODE OF ETHICS
Society of Professional
This is the most frequently used Code of Ethics amongst American
National Public Radio, http://ethics.npr.org/
Another Code of Ethics, for reference, expanding on the SPJ
Reuters Handbook of Journalism, http://handbook.reuters.com/index.php/Main_Page
A guide of ethical prinicples Reuters employees, especially journalists, should ahere to.
This site provides a sampling of ethics codes and guidelines
from around the United States, in different fields of journalism.
AND MEDIA REFORM
"Media Alliance is a 29 year-old media resource and advocacy
center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social
justice activists. Our mission is excellence, ethics, diversity,
and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interests
of peace, justice, and social responsibility."
Accuracy in Media, http://www.aim.org
"Accuracy In Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens
watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled
news stories and sets the record straight on important issues
that have received slanted coverage."
"Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working
to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy
debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive
and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit
and noncommercial sector."
Fairness and Accuracy
in News Reporting, http://www.fair.org
"FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering
well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since
1986...As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected
news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled.
As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform
is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates,
establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong
non-profit sources of information."
Ethics and Excellence
in Journalism Foundation, http://www.journalismfoundation.org/
"The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation was
established in 1982 for charitable, scientific and educational
purposes...This support includes funding for creative projects
and research that promotes excellence in journalism and instills
and encourages high ethical standards in journalism."
Journal of Mass
Media Ethics, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/HMME
"devoted to explorations of ethics problems and issues
in the varous fields of mass communication."
The Maynard Institute
for Journalism, http://www.maynardije.org/
This Institute is devoted to helping journalists reflect diversity.
Center for Media
and Democracy, http://www.prwatch.org/
Media Ethics Online,
"...strives to provide a forum for opinion and research
articles on media ethics."
The Poynter Institute,
"The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching
and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence
and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical
leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism
that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse."
The Society of
Professional Journalists, http://www.spj.org/
"To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the
practice of journalism."
"Inspiring, guiding, and educating citizen journalists
and the news organizations that work with them."
The ethical reporter,
This site is aimed toward beginning reporters. "Have you
Dedicated to the notion that there are two kinds (and
only two kinds) of journalists, "bad ones, and those who
are improving," Bob Baker's site tries to help journalists
aspiring to be better. "This site will offer no Great Truths.
It will concern itself, instead, with the incremental building
blocks of greatness--the success or failure of individual stories,
and the small decisions that, when multiplied by eight or ten
or a hundred per day, create the momentum toward greatness."
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