What is a journalistic code of ethics?

Good Journalism follows a code of ethics. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, has established a baseline set of principles as follows:

Seek Truth and Report It

Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Act Independently

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

Be Accountable

Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

If you wanted to add or refine a code of ethics for F19 Feature Writing that the class could follow, what else would you consider or include?

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