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 - Print Organizations
The world of print journalism has been in transition, and under attack from all sides, in recent years. Daily newspapers and consumer magazines in particular have felt the pinch of losing advertising and audience share to newer media alternatives. The pressure to prevail in this more competitive environment may have prompted a small minority of print journalists to take some ethical shortcuts in reporting and business practices. In response, the most prominent print organizations have updated and/or reaffirmed conduct guidelines to assure the integrity of their endeavors. American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Statement of Principles, updated in 2006, fixes broad standards of professional ethics for all newspaper journalists in the United States. Six articles in the document spell out the basic underpinnings of trustworthy newspaper journalism. These articles address issues of responsibility (especially the effort to bring independent scrutiny to the use of power), freedom of the press (a ...