By: Joe Strupp

Guidelines Offered For Ethical Issues

WASHINGTON – The American Society of Newspaper Editors
released a new credibility handbook and discussion guide on
Wednesday that offers tips and guidelines for dealing with
ethical issues, as well as advice on how to cover sensitive

“The Newspaper Credibility Handbook” came out of ASNE’s Ethics &
Values Committee, which studied a number of issues and test cases
of critical newspaper judgment.

“If newspapers want to preserve and improve upon the trust
readers have in us, we must constantly be mindful of such vital
issues as accuracy, fairness, and values,” said Peter Bhatia,
chair of the Ethics & Values Committee and executive editor of
The Oregonian in Portland. “This publication not only
reaffirms that commitment, but also provides essential tools to
ensure that we do better.”

Michele McLellan, The Oregonian’s special projects editor,
compiled the handbook for ASNE. It includes interviews with
editors, educators, and writers, and draws from considerable
material from the pages of newspapers across the country. Bob
Steele, senior faculty and ethics group leader at The Poynter
Institute, wrote the discussion guide, which includes case
studies and discussion questions.

The 193-page publication is available from ASNE for $15. There is
a $5 shipping and handling fee for each order. Orders can be made
through ASNE Foundation, Publications Fulfillment, 11690B Sunrise
Valley Drive, Reston, Va., 20191-1409.

For ASNE’s coverage of its annual meeting, visit

Joe Strupp ( is an associate editor for E&P.

Copyright 2001, Editor & Publisher.

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