Ethics & Standards

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Our Principles of Ethical Conduct are among our founding documents. Our ethics are everything — they fuel our mission by steering us to be fair, accurate, complete and unbiased in our reporting.

News values and judgment

We tackle the fundamentals of what makes a story newsworthy, the essential practices of journalists and the shared values that differentiate journalism from other forms of content and storytelling.

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  • Earning trust in your election coverage

    Learn how to defend your coverage, explain it, and demonstrate to your audience why you’re a credible source.

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  • Five case studies that illuminate our ethics and social media policies

    Being proactive and communicating our standards clearly helps, but sometimes we slip up. Here’s a primer on what to watch out for, and how to steer clear of trouble.

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  • Accuracy, depth and respect: What to know when reporting on trans people and their stories

    Language is powerful. How we use terms, categories and concepts in our coverage matter a lot — especially to people who often been denied control over the language used to describe them.

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  • 9 Tips for Covering Election Misinformation

    Here are concrete, simple steps journalists can take to fight misinformation, avoid confusion and add context.

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  • Maintaining our commitment to diversity amid the pandemic

    Sisi Wei, Keith Woods and Bill Church meet to discuss how our organizations can maintain their commitment to diversity and inclusion amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus style & standards

    Guidelines, standards, and resources for reporting on the Coronavirus.

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  • Trauma: Ethics and practices for reporting on traumatized individuals and communities

    This addresses ethical and craft issues involved in reporting on traumatized individuals and communities. The training discusses best practices in coverage.

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  • Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism

    USA TODAY’s Mabinty Quarshie interviewed Wanda Lloyd, former Montgomery Advertiser editor and 2019 inductee into the NABJ Hall of Fame, on her recent book: “Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism.”

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  • Black women, politics, culture, society, trauma and healing

    Nichelle Smith, Dr. Aisha Lowe and Kimberly Melton joined LIVE with Dr. AMC & Friends for a thoughtful roundtable discussion.

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  • Our ethics policy: Workshopping eight common scenarios

    Our combined new company has united behind a single ethics policy. Here’s a chance to get acquainted with the nuances of it, if you haven’t already.

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