Friday, July 15, 2011

The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics: Minimize Harm - Does John Hammer consider himself a journalist?

Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Journalists should:

— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage.

Use special sensitivity when dealing with ...inexperienced sources or subjects.

— Recognize that gathering and reporting information
may cause harm or discomfort.

Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.

— Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves
than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention.

Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.

— Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

SPJ Code of Ethics

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