A few ethical principles for #PoynterEthics
I’ve spent the day at a Poynter forum about journalism ethics in the digital age. Now, near the end of the program,we’ve been asked to suggest new principles to guide ethical journalism. I jotted down a few that came to mind.
Ethical journalism means being:
- Responsive to feedback and new developments.
- Transparent about our relationships and limitations.
- Accountable for our mistakes and decisions.
- Open about our processes and sources.
- Committed to seeking truth through facts and credible information.
I want to emphasize that the above are not perfect. In fact, I feel as though they don’t address one really important point: the need for journalists to behave with empathy and common sense. But I don’t have a good formulation for that now.
What do you think?