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Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Perhaps it would be helpful for people to read the position of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.

I would think they do not come up with their best thinking regarding ethical issues by reacting to the heat of the moment (or our disgusting new leader) but that they create guidance on ethical issues based on careful and thorough information, thinking and discussion.

I would think that posters here may benefit from doing some homework before forming their own opinions.

See here: http://www.spj.org/ethics-papers-politics.…

Their opening:

"The SPJ Ethics Committee gets a significant number of questions about whether journalists should engage in political activity. The simplest answer is No. Dont do it. Dont get involved. Dont contribute money, dont work in a campaign, dont lobby, and especially, dont run for office yourself."

They go into very good detail here on what is OK and what is not OK. A news reporter (with extremely significant requirements of objectivity) have much more firm boundaries than a political commentator, as an example.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/21/2017 at 7:26 AM

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