Journalists in love: A California newspaper editor says one of his reporters is having an affair with the mayor of a town the paper covers. What to do? From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
Ethics of purging from news archives: A California editor says people want old stories about them removed from web archives.
Ethicist David Ozar says the first issue is what benefit archives offer a community as an historical record. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
Twitter ethics and best practices: David Craig tells how to meet the goal of ethical truth-telling within the format. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
Use of graphic photos explained: iMediaEthics writer Sydney Smith tells why the Associated Press, The New York Times and USA Today published photos of a dead man and his daughter drowned in the Rio Grande.
Deemed a moment in time showing the danger and desperation of immigrants from Central America.
Photos of dead bodies: Images of the bodies of a man and his daughter drowned in the Rio Grande are examples of journalists showing a truth the public would prefer not to see, writes Kelly McBride.
“Don’t exploit horrific photos without a journalistic purpose,” she advises. “But don’t hide them or place too many barriers in front of them, lest you duck your most important job.”
Reporting on abortion: NPR has careful guidelines for reporting on abortions, writes Sydney Smith.
The goal is to be factual, clear and non-political. NPR does not use terms like “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”
Updating its code of conduct, Investigative Reporters & Editors adopted principles calling for banning members who violate the code.
“IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself,” says the code.
By contrast, the Society of Professional Journalists says its ethics code is voluntary.
Ethics of purging archives: An editor once asked the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists if there are any ethical requirements to honor requests to delete stories.
An AdviceLine ethicist decided a newspaper should not help people remove information from the historical record. And it’s expensive to do that.
Struggling with ethical dilemmas and difficult choices: Resist the temptation to classify every ethical issue as a dilemma, writes Nancy Matchett in an article appearing in the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
“When facing a genuine dilemma you are forced, by the circumstances, to do something unethical,” she writes.
Lois Lane’s enduring conflict of interest: James Grebey writes about the ethical dilemmas of comic book heroes, including revelations of mental health therapy for trauma.
The ethics of Lois keeping Superman’s identity secret is described as a subject of debate in journalism schools for 75 years.