Tim Boucher

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Tag: standard

Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

Direct link to SPJ code.

From Preamble:

Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.

And later:

– Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.

– Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.

– Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.

– Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public.

Bellingcat & IMPRESS Standards Code

From Wikipedia, Bellingcat:

It uses open source and social media investigation to investigate a variety of subjects ranging from Mexican drug lords to conflicts fought around the world. Bellingcat brings together contributors who specialise in open source and social media investigation, and it creates guides and case studies so others can learn to do the same.

On their contact page, I spotted something interesting about their journalistic standards.

Making a complaint

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control.  We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code. http://www.impress.press/standards/.

We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

  • personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
  • a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint
  • a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

It’s an interesting problem they’re dealing with, since their source documents are all public. Having a standard or code of some kind is really useful and probably necessary here.

Thing: Standard Protocols

Some say evolved out of the reciprocal agreements of the Four Providers, to offer equivalent or nearest neighbor services to other-provider members.

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