A New Code: SPJ Struggles to Define Rules of Online Journalism

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By: Jim Bach | AJR

The Society of Professional Journalists, after leaving its code of ethics untouched for nearly 18 years, has released a revised draft that includes, for the first time, updated guidance on how journalists should behave in the rapidly changing field of digital news. 

The proposed revisions, released in March, offer both specific and subtle changes to the 1996 code, including new tenets that direct journalists to “aggressively … update information as the story unfolds” and independently verify information taken from other news sources.

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