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Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists
Helpful website includes a toll-free number to call. Loyola University Chicago's Center for Ethics and Social Justice has assembled this great service and web site for journalists. This is a free service!

RTDNA Code of Ethics

National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics Checklist for Recording Phone Conversations Balancing Business with Pressures and Journalism Values

Center for Digital Ethics & Policy

Poynter Ethics Blog

Poynter: Should Journalists Stay Away from Newtown on 1-Year Anniversary?
Good for class ethics discussions.

Can I Use That? A Legal Primer for Journalists
A free app for high-risk journalists.

Citizen Journalism Code of Ethics

Ethics Report on Non-Profit JournalismThe Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has released a report on nonprofit news organizations and ethics.

Center for International Media Ethics
Chicago-based organization has a goal supporting journalists in "maintaining high ethical standards that contribute to the media's consolidation as a fourth power in their country's governance."

Sunshine Week Open Meetings
Events the week of March 12 promote open records.

Poynter On-Call Ethics
Poynter Institute professionals help with ethical issues reporters face. Call the toll-free number on the website.

API: Managing and Reporting a News Crisis
A page of tips with links off to stories and how they were handled. Great teaching tool.

Ethics and Journalism
Pam Platt, public editor of The Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.), presents three scenarios in this column that address ethical situations often faced by journalists.

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker
Search for copies of your page on the web. Helps you defend your site from plagiarism. Just type in your site's web address.

When a Child Dies
Guidelines from the Journalism Center on Children and Families on how journalists should cover a sensitive issue.

Jeffrey's Exif Viewer
Breaks down photos to show what photoshop work or alterations have been made. Also has a browser button to sort right off the page. Type in link or upload the photo from your desktop.

Dart Center: Resources for Educators Training Journalists Covering Sensitive Issues
Resources from San Diego State professor Amy Schmitz Weiss on teaching students to cover topics such as suicide, homicides, sexual assaults and other traumatic news events.

The Ethics of Online Science Journalism
Bruce Lewenstein prepared this article that claims journalists in the United States do not discuss the same types of things when discussing ethics.

PBS: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

iMedia Ethics Pinterest: Faux Photography
Doctored photos.

Setting the Testbed for Journalistic Values
From Peter C. Goldmark Jr. , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the International Herald Tribune prepared this article for the Fourth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Journalism and Society.

National Coalition Against Censorship
"Free Expression After September 11th - An Online Index" site explores censorship in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
A Paris-based, United Nations-sponsored institute within the University for Peace, set up by the UN in Costa Rica in 1980. The site includes annotated research sites on issues related to the interactions between media, conflict, peace and security.

SPJ Ethics Page
Codes of ethics, resources page, tip sheets/Q&A, message board and hotline.

The Photo Society: Safeguarding the Truths in Photojournalism
A great Ami Vitale blog post on image rights and the internet.

Global Voices Online: A Do-It-Yourself Code of Ethics
Explores ONA's code.

More SPJ Ethics Links Ethics and Credibility
Feed of stories and blog posts on web ethics issues, etc.

Ethics on Campus: Journalism and College Newspapers
A great collection of tips and issues from Hofstra University.

Fairness and Accuracy in News Reporting

Skewed News Tutor
Site helps news consumers learn to pinpoint exactly why a report might feel one-sided, or skewed.

Harvard University: The Pluralism Project
A must-bookmark for anyone reporting on religion or ethics. Run by the Committee on the Study of Religion, this site offers current research, media resources, news stories and much, much more.

The Committee of Concerned Journalists
This is a group of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession, sponsors forums, etc.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

What is Plagiarism Quiz

Dart Center: Working with Traumatic Imagery

AJR: Journalists Are Questioning News Embargoes

Resources for Journalism Ethics
From Steve Buttry.

MSN: Top Web News Gaffes
A few examples of publishing too soon.

World Association for Christian Communications
A media watchdog organization from England that offers an alternative perspective than the mainstream media's view of values and religious issues. Has commentary on the coverage of the 9-11 tragedies.

Indiana University Index of Journalism Ethics Cases

Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Ethics Matters Column from News Photographer Magazine

Yahoo!'s Links to Ethics
A handy collection of resources.

Accuracy in Media

Faking Images in Photojournalism
A student project with some great links.

Photojournalism Ethics Timeless Issues
A paper from Paul Martin Lester, Ph.D. at Cal State Fullerton.

MIT student project tracks videos kicked off YouTube for alleged copyright infringement.

Greenpeace: Stop Greenwashing
Greenwashing describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. This Greenpeace site is a great resource to find more case studies of companies' greenwashing as well as other criteria and how to suggestions for businesses to go green ethically.

Photoshop Killer
Test an image to see if it has been Photoshopped or altered in any way. Not perfect but a good start at evaluating news photos and authenticity. Controversy Over NPPA Prize Photo
The image shows a woman being sexually assaulted during the violent culmination of Mardi Gras in Seattle last year. More discussion about the photo on the National Press Photographers Association site. Global Directory of Journalism Codes
This site has one-stop shopping for ethics sites.

Journalism Ethics Directory
A small directory from San Francisco State University.

Media Ethics Directory
About a dozen links to various organizations.

Sree's Photo Ethics Page
Links and samples from a Columbia University professor.

Pew Center

Codes of Ethics in Asian Countries's Ethics Page

Guide to Taping Conversations in All 50 States
From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Checklist for Recording Phone Conversations

Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media
A tips and ideas sheet from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School. Designed to help journalists cover suicide responsibly.

Sunlight Foundation: Churnalism Tool
Enter URL and section of text and see if part of a story was lifted from another story or press release.

RTDNA: Social Media Guidelines
Radio TV Digital News Association established guidelines for using Twitter and Facebook.

The Privacy Paradox Online
From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Slate's Scott Shuger: Journalism Ethics
Shuger weighs in on the USA Today-Palestinian suicide bomber issue.

Ethics and Public Policy Center
A Washington think-tank that puts together seminars and studies.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Online Journalism Ethics
Ethics for cyberjournaists from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Journalism Ethics at College Newspapers
A great site by Francis Frizzo at Hofstra University.

PBS Bloodlines
This is an independent discussion site that accompanies the show about how conflicts at the intersection of science and the courts are defining the ways Americans will deal with the ethical, legal and social dilemmas created by new life technologies. The official site for the show is at

Campus Weblines: Journalism Ethics
A short primer from the New York Times on the Web.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
The online companion to the PBS series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Libel Defense Resource Center

European Journalism Codes of Ethics

DigitalCustom: Model Ethics Guidelines
Basic ethics tips for news, travel and nature editors.

Codes of Ethics in Asian Countries's Ethics Page

Media Watchdog

Ethics and Public Policy Center
A Washington think-tank that puts together seminars and studies.

ASNE Ethics Codes

APME National Credibility Roundtables Project

Regret the Error

AEJMC Media Ethics Division

Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Institute for Global Ethics

Indiana University: Journalism Ethics Cases Online

University of Missouri: Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public

Ethics Connection

Ethics Guide for Public Radio Journalism

Current Online: Ethics in Public Broadcasting

EthicNet: European Codes of Journalism Ethics

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

American Society of Business Publication Editors: Guide to Preferred Editorial Practices

Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen

University of Minnesota: Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law

University of Hawaii: Web Resources for Studying Journalism Ethics

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Online Journalism Ethics
Ethics for cyberjournaists from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Journalism Ethics at College Newspapers
A great site by Francis Frizzo at Hofstra University.

Campus Weblines: Journalism Ethics
A short primer from the New York Times on the Web.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
The online companion to the PBS series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy.

Libel Defense Resource Center

European Journalism Codes of Ethics

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Encourages people to copy and upload popular magazines on newsstands. Run by an offshore company that's working around digital piracy laws. You can use the site to look up past issues of publications, but there are ethical concerns.

International Center for Journalists: Disaster and Crisis Coverage Tips
A great guidebook of tips.

International Center for Journalists: Journalism and Trauma
Tips on dealing with victims, violence, our own experiences, etc.

Copyright Issues

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U.S. Copyright Office

Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use

The Copyright Web Site

Copyright Search
A state-by-state breakdown of cybercheating, based on papers tested through's program.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The official government site has a myriad of resources.


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