*** ethics ***

11:46 AM

Also could be titled, "rules of a journalist." Here are my five primary beliefs:

1. DO NOT BREAK ANY LAWS
Do not plagiarize. Do not obtain information illegally. Do not blackmail a source. Do not trespass. That's all. Seriously.

2. NEVER MISLEAD OR MISREPRESENT
This goes hand in hand with accurate reporting, but this includes distorting photos, oversimplifying or highlighting incidents out of context. Do not skew the facts to make better journalism.

3. BE COURTEOUS AND RESPECTFUL
Journalists will regularly encounter sensitive issues and interview people who could be harmed with a story. Journalists do not have the right to be arrogant in the pursuance of a story. Be courteous and respectful to those who may be negatively affected. Speak politely and operate on their own time. Be the journalist that sources WANT to work with.

4. REPORT, DON'T ADVOCATE
Bias is impossible to avoid entirely; however, it is the duty of a journalist to report both sides of an issue equally and fairly. Journalists tell the facts, they do not tell readers what to believe.

5. AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Do not accept money or bribes to release confidential information. Do not pay sources. Do not openly participate in politics or advocate for businesses. Conflicts of interest decrease your credibility. Remain as impartial as possible.


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