Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Media Does Have A Code Of Ethics

From Associated Press Managing Editors

Statement of Ethical Principles

(Adopted 1994 as revision to APME Code of Ethics)

These principles are a model against which news and editorial staff members can measure their performance. They have been formulated in the belief that newspapers and the people who produce them should adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.
The public's right to know about matters of importance is paramount. The newspaper has a special responsibility as surrogate of its readers to be a vigilant watchdog of their legitimate public interests....For Complete Article, Click On Thread Title Above.

2 comments:

g said...

for some reason when you mention media, journalism, and ethics in the same sentence (or paragraph) there is a chill that runs up my spine and i sense a large amount of oxymoronism. it's too bad the public places so much trust in them.

sheep.

scissors cuts paper.
paper covers rock.

don't be a rock.

richpix said...

Yes, various media organizations have codes of ethics, but the worst that can happen to anyone who violates the code is being booted from the organization, if even that is possible. For instance, the National Press Photographers Association has a Code of Ethics, but I've never heard of anyone being booted from the association for violating it. I have heard of awards being rescinded for gross Photoshop manipulations and the like and being publicly scolded for doing something wrong, but I've never heard of anyone being disbarred like a doctor or lawyer might be for an ethical violation.

On the other hand, an individual employer may fire a reporter or photographer for violating the company's policies (usually written and specific). I've heard of the AP firing people who crossed the line in one way or another, but I've never heard of the AP kicking out a media outlet for a violation. That's the thing about codes of conduct--they're generally voluntary and are dependent on the morality of anyone who claims to adhere to them.