Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Encourage “grievances against the news media.”

Journalists should:

  • “Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.”
  • “Diligently seek out subjects of news articles to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.”
  • “Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.”
  • “Disclose unavoidable conflicts.”
  • “Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.”
  • “Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.”
  • “Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.”

—Source: New York Times’ Learning Network, Chapter 4.11: “The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics”.

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