Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Key Documents: Section II. Codes of Ethics/Newsroom Policies and Standards - General Professional Associations
The general professional associations contributing statements of principles to this category boast far-ranging memberships of working journalists that transcend affiliations with any specific communications medium, news organization, or journalism job description. As a result, these groups chose to pen documents calling for a variety of ethical behavior that all journalists could embrace. In every instance, the goal was to encourage those in journalism to be seriously concerned with fairness, honesty, professional integrity, and the public good. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) each offers a formal Code of Ethics that serves as a guideline for proper journalism practices throughout the industry. The depth and breadth of the codes vary, but all three emphasize a number of common traits. They push journalists to seek and report the truth, clearly identify sources where necessary, protect sources promised ...