Ethics Codes

The Public Radio News Directors organization touts a simple and direct Code of Ethics built upon three principles:

  • Truth
  • Fairness
  • Integrity

The NPR Ethics Handbook provides an interactive tool that begins, “This is NPR. And these are the standards of our journalism.” The section on principles includes: accuracy, fairness, completeness, honesty, independence, impartiality, transparency, accountability, respect and excellence. Special sections include: anonymous sourcing, attribution, diversity, social media, speaking appearances and visual journalism.

Local public media stations can now find a template from which to develop their own code of ethics. The Public Media Integrity Project was created to provide carefully articulated guidelines with the exigencies of local public broadcasters first in mind.

The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics emphasizes four dominant ideas:

  • Seek Truth and Report It,
  • Minimize Harm,
  • Act Independently,
  • Be Accountable.

The Radio Television Digital News Association builds their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct around six main principles:

  • Public Trust
  • Truth
  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Accountability

Similarly, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation displays a lengthy code of Journalistic Standards and Practices that offers model policies for a large public service broadcasting network.