Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.
- Seek Truth and Report It
- Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
- Minimize Harm
- Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.
- Act Independently
- Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.
- Be Accountable
- Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.