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Ethical Journalism Network. Building Trust In Ethics Aidan White aidanpatrickwhite@gmail.com. Ethics and Journalism. Journalism’s conventions and standards are set out in codes. There are more than 400 codes agreed at national and global level.

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ethical journalism network
Ethical Journalism Network

Building

Trust In

Ethics

Aidan White

aidanpatrickwhite@gmail.com

ethics and journalism
Ethics and Journalism

Journalism’s conventions and standards are set out in codes.

There are more than 400 codes agreed at national and global level.

http://rjionline.org/AS-Codes-of-Ethics

getting started
Getting Started
  • The first stage is a Mission Statement: who we are, what is our purpose?
  • Then we adopt a Code of Standards : our values and commitment to standards
  • Then we prepare editorial guidelines :these translate the code into practice of journalism

Codes are short – guidelines are detailed, practical, detailed and based on experience

traditional values in practice
Traditional Values in Practice

Media have developed models:

The BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/

Associated Press http://www.ap.org/company/news-values

GEO TV Pakistanhttp://geo.tv/asool/

ethical contracts pakistan example
Ethical Contracts: Pakistan Example

A) GEO Manifesto - Our values, goals and declared biasesB) Best Practices Guidelines on Geo Manifesto : A document defining operational work across the company.

C) TeamGEO Ethical Journalism Handbook : Ethics guidance for journalists.D) Monitoring and Implementing Procedure: How we will monitor and implement the above

ethical contracts employment obligations
Ethical Contracts:Employment Obligations
  • Writing Code of Conduct into Contract of employment for Journalists
  • Including Clause of Conscience
  • Ensure Internal Culture of Attachment to Company Values
  • Self-Reporting on Standards as a Business strategy – Internal Ethical Auditing
ethical audit internal reporting
Ethical Audit : Internal Reporting

Our Commitment to ethics and good governance

  • Mission statement , codes of conduct
  • governance rules (transparency, avoiding conflicts of interest)
  • engagement with external regulators (press council, etc)
  • Recognition and reward for quality work (prizes, etc)
  • Promoting integrity through co-operation between different sections of the company (commercial, marketing and editorial)
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How much journalism we have produced

  • Numbers of editorial columns, contributions from external sources (commissioned and uncommissioned), and numbers of contributors on all platforms (including online sections),
  • Examples of holding power to account – business, politics, sports cultural life, etc.
  • Examples of issues raised and debates on important topics
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How company protects editorial independence

  • Separation of commercial activities and editorial activities
  • Independence of the editor in chief : statement of editor on challenges and opportunities
  • Obligation of journalists to respect ethical codes
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How Company deals with complaints and concerns of audience

  • Internal systems for dealing with complaints
  • Numbers of complaints received internally. How many resolved amicably, how many legal cases, how many complaints to the press council or industry regulator?
  • External systems for dealing with complaints (press council, etc.)
  • Actions for engaging with the audience and readers.
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Safety and Protection of Journalists and Media Staff

  • Provision of training and awareness-raising for reporting in danger zones
  • First aid training
  • Availability of medical insurance and life insurance
  • Co-operation with industry initiatives to improve safety
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Management and ownership of the company

  • Status, name and address of the company, its range of activities, financial holdings
  • Board of Directors, Structure of management
  • Rules of internal governance
  • Report on company actions to combat corruption and conflicts of interest
  • Income received from state and external sources
  • Details of membership in groups such as industry associations at national/international advocacy
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Information on economic performance

  • Circulation figures and audience reach
  • Details of the company’s financial status and reports as provided to national authorities as required by law.
  • A commentary on financial trends and market conditions.
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Industrial relations, labour standards and training activity

  • Respect for national and international labour standards including trade union recognition, collective bargaining and gender equality
  • What we have done to improve journalistic skills and other training for staff
  • Numbers of full time, part-time and freelance staff
  • Actions to promote diversity in staff employment
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Company objectives and targets

  • Set out targets – editorially and commercially – for the company
  • Assess successes and failures
  • Highlight specific projects and programmes
  • Industry trends
  • Challenges and risks in the next year
  • Opportunities and potential for development
building the business of journalism through
Building the Business of Journalism Through

Transparency

Accountability

Review and Reflection

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Build

Trust