Ethics and Values

These examples discuss the ethics that guide journalists’ work, how they make decisions and what motivations and drives their coverage. Some examples include: 

Brand mission and story • Community investment • Depth in reporting • Diversity of sources / representing the community • Highlighting solutions • Motivation behind coverage • Newsroom policies • Promoting civility • Story selection

See a few stand-out examples in this gallery, and scroll down for a longer list to get inspired. 

“ETHICS AND VALUES” HIGHLIGHTS

When sharing a story about someone who died by suicide on Facebook, the Coloradoan used the post as a way to explain the newsroom’s ethics and policies round covering suicide. 

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When the Bangor Daily News decided to change their policy on removing old crime stories from their website, they published a story explaining the change and why they’re doing it.

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The Chicago Tribune published updated guidelines around how the newsroom would publish mugshots, sharing that their goals were public safety and compassionate coverage. 

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Politifact used a real user comment as a jumping off point to debunk misconceptions about their newsroom’s ethics, funding and process.    

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution highlighted how they aspired to write positive stories by asking for the public’s help in finding uplifting stories about the community. 

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The Seattle Times included a “Behind the Story” box that ran at the bottom of a major investigation where reporters answered questions about their reporting process. 

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