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Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook, 5th Edition by Robert A. Papper

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CHAPTER 22
image Ethics and the RTDNA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ETHICS

Ethics in journalism isn’t about a chapter stuck at the end of a book. If you go back (or remember back), you’ll find notes on ethical behavior in almost every chapter.

Inventing quotes and interviews, stealing (plagiarizing) columns, inadequate fact-checking, running PR-supplied video or stories as if they’re news … the list of print and broadcast news failures has been widely reported.

The toll on the public’s perception of journalism is incalculable. The notion that it might be necessary to tell people not to cheat or invent or plagiarize seems absurd. ...

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