Journalism ethics and standards

Journalistic ethics and standards comprise principles of ethics and good practice applicable to journalists. This subset of media ethics is known as journalism's professional "code of ethics" and the "canons of journalism".[1] The basic codes and canons commonly appear in statements by professional journalism associations and individual print, broadcast, and online news organizations.

So while various codes may have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability, as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.[1][2][3][4]

Like many broader ethical systems, the ethics of journalism include the principle of "limitation of harm." This may involve the withholding of certain details from reports, such as the names of minor children, crime victims' names, or information not materially related to the news report where the release of such information might, for example, harm someone's reputation.[5][6]

Journalism ethics and standards are the foundational pillars that keep informational bias and misleading information from breaking the world. Information is a powerful asset to the public and daily life use. If information were to start being changed or altered at to fit a group or elite individuals needs. The world we know it could become a bigger battle ground for real vs fake news. Journalism may always been up being in conflict as bias information will always try to leak its way into content information and writing. The ultimate goal should be make sure it's professional, solo, and from correct sourcing whether it be interview, research or other places.

Some journalistic codes of ethics, notably some European codes,[7] also include a concern with discriminatory references in news based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities.[8][9][10][11] The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved (in 1993) Resolution 1003 on the Ethics of Journalism, which recommends that journalists respect the presumption of innocence, in particular in cases that are still sub judice.[12]


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