27 February 2014

Short Shares: Journalist's Code of Ethics PH

College is near and I am still quite unsure on what course to take but one of my choices is certainly being a journalist.  I believe this is because of my great interest in writing and the fact that I have joined my school's newspaper team for 3 years consecutively.  To tell you all honestly, I am not a very good literary writer. I think I am a better feature/news writer than a literary writer so I decided to focus my writings on topics on news or feature.  

Journalists are people who get the news on the things happening in the world today and they deliver and share it to the public in the fastest way they can but they have to do this respectfully and accurately. They must report the truth and only the truth.  Besides from that, here are the other things a journalist must promise once they start working as one. On this post I am sharing to you the "Journalism Code of Ethics in the Philippines" which was made by the Philippine Press Institute and the National Press Club.

Journalist's Code of Ethics
1. I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts or to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognise the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.
2. I shall not violate confidential information or material given me in the exercise of my calling.
3. I shall resort only to fair and honest methods in my effort to obtain news, photographs and/or documents, and shall properly identify myself as a representative of the press when obtaining any personal interview intended for publication.
4. I shall refrain from writing reports which will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interest justifies it. At the same time, I shall fight vigorously for public access to information.
5. I shall not let personal motives or interests influence me in the performance of my duties; nor shall I accept or offer any present, gift or other consideration of a nature which may cast doubt on my professional integrity.
6. I shall not commit any act of plagiarism.
7. I shall not in any manner ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.
8. I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.
9. I shall not take unfair advantage of fellow journalists.
10. I shall accept only such tasks as are compatible with the integrity and dignity of my profession, invoking the ‘conscience clause’ when duties imposed on me conflict with the voice of my conscience.
11. I shall comport myself in public or while performing my duties as journalist in such manner as to maintain the dignity of my profession. When in doubt, decency should be my watch word.

You can ask me why did I share this post?  Well, I think this does not only apply for professional journalists, but I think it involves all people who write and have the public as their audience. Who are these people you ask? Well, they are us. From students who are doing an academic essay to school newspaper reporters to bloggers to vloggers and the like.  I believe that anyone who writes a storya nd shares it to the people should consider this.  This will not only help improve your attitude as a writer but also as a journalist as well.

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