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Codes of Ethics

"Real news" is written by professional journalists who adhere to ethical guidelines for gathering and writing the news.  Examples of journalistic codes of ethics:

Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, including:

  • seek truth and report it
  • minimize harm
  • act independently
  • be accountable and transparent

NPR Standards of Journalism, including:

  • accuracy
  • fairness
  • completeness
  • honesty
  • independence
  • impartiality
  • transparency
  • accountability
  • respect
  • excellence

New York Times Code of Ethics, including:

  • fairness
  • integrity
  • truth