Emma's quick-reference guide to journalism ethics.
When your working on deadline and need refresher, no Dan Rather's here....
1. See the story, hear the story, report the story...accurately.
2. R-E-S-P-E-C-T...find out what it means to me...you, interview subjects, co-workers, random MOS, ranting man that calls the newsroom everyday.
3. I am Miss/Mr Independent! (No, not the Kelly Clarkson song) Don't take bribes, don't date sources, avoid conflicts of interest, be fair and professional.
4. Be accountable! Double check facts, don't get defensive when someone else fact checks, show good taste, and disclose any unavoidable conflicts upfront.
Cute CSI cop: "Hey after I get done investigating this crime scene, would you like to get a drink with me so we can discuss this case in-depth? I have a lot of good details for your story..."
Smart, savvy reporter: "No thanks. I just consulted my 'Emthics' quick-reference guide, and it says that I shouldn't date sources because it could turn into a conflict of interest."
Crazy, ranting person calling the newsroom: "HELLO! IDIOT, WHY DID YOU SHOW A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON YOUR STATION? I DON'T WANT TO SEE MORONS ON TV...YOU'RE A MORON, I'M NEVER WATCHING AGAIN!"
Calm, level-headed, respectful reporter answering phone: "Well, we don't have any control over network programming. We are only a local affiliate. I'm very sorry that you're upset, but you are yelling at the wrong person..."
Crazy, ranting person: "WELL IT'S NOT LIKE I CAN CALL UP CHARLES GIBSON AND TELL HIM HE'S AN IDIOT...IDIOT!"
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