Faith Lutheran News Network Code of Ethics for Social Media
Adapted by the Society of Professional Journalists
The FLNN staff will practice the following ethical principles on all personal and professional social media platforms including but not limited to; Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. In addition, student journalists to the best of their ability will follow these guidelines when doing both written articles for the crusaderchronicle.com and the FLNN broadcasts. These principles are used as a guide and for the foundation of journalism practice. As it states in the SPJ, “ethical journalism strives to be accurate, fair and thorough.”
Seek and Report the Truth: Always take responsibility for your work. Gather facts and verify any information before releasing it. FLNN journalists should be accurate and fair, always striving to seek the truth for the public that they serve.
Minimize Harm: Respecting and protecting sources is important. Balance the public’s need for information with the potential harm it can cause the source. Understand that student media is dealing with juveniles, so consideration of law and ethics is critical. The Student Press Law Center http://www.splc.org will help student journalists with any questions they may have.
Act Independently: This means do not accept gifts, favors or show favoritism for any club, organization or team etc. Acting independently means that the public does not see you showing favoritism, promoting or unbalanced treatment of others. Such as, advertising for one organization but not for others. Journalists will act with integrity and impartiality.
Be Accountable and Transparent: Take responsibility for your work. Allow the public to respond to your reporting, and if a mistake has been made in coverage or content, take responsibility for the correction immediately.
This is a quote from the National Public Radio’s Social Media Ethics Policy:
“Conduct yourself online just as you would in any other public circumstances as an NPR journalist. Treat those you encounter online with fairness, honesty and respect, just as you would offline. Verify information before passing it along. Be honest about your intent when reporting. Avoid actions that might discredit your professional impartiality. And always remember, you represent NPR.”