Ethics encoded in your DNA

Hopped over this morning to visit Howard Owens who passed on this tip about 12-1/2 rules to be a good journalist. A simplified version of several other journalism/photojournalism codes of ethics – with the essentials.
Ethics in journalism is never taken lightly…I jokingly tell people that my code of ethics is more ingrained in me than any religious code. Treat people fairly. Be honest. Be factual. Be objective. It should become part of your soul if you want to stay in the business.
Easiest way to tell it is that being a journalist is like being a virgin – once you’ve lost “it” you can’t get “it” back. The “it” in this case is public trust.
(The ending half rule is more a caution than a rule. I’ve seen more media marriages break up than survive.)

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