Our Terms Of Ethics

AfriNOTES Africa multipurpose portal: fully agrees and adopts the same ethics of journalism, media publications, as highlighted by the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ and we Abide by the following four principles of ethical Journalism

1: See Truth, Report It and Educate the public

We believe that ethical journalism, should be accurate and fair, not just that, we believe in digital learning that is the reason while eLearning platform is also available on our AfriNOTES Portal

Learning is versatile, so as Journalism, our journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering reporting and interpreting information to the public

Journalists should: Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use sources whenever possible, Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy. Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story. Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story, be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises they make. Identify sources. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources. so 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 coverages 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, be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless. Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant, recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs in the open, and that public records are open to all. Provide access to sources material when it is open, and that public records are open to all, Provide access to sources materials when it is relevant and appropriate. Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear and avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting and label advocacy and commentary. Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Label illustrations are re-enactments, never plagiarize. Always attribute.

2: Be Accountable and Transparent

Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public. A journalist should explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverages, and news content. Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity, and fairness. Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly. Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations, abide by the same high standards they expect of others.

3: Act Independently

The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. Journalists should avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts, refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel, and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility. Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money, do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not, deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors, or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage. Distinguished news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two prominently labeled sponsored content.

4: Minimize Harm

Our reporters treat sources, subjects, colleagues, and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect. Publishing and reporting should balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness. Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment. Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast. Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence, or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do. Balance a suspect’s right to a fair trial with the public’s right to know. Consider the implications of identifying criminal suspects before they face legal charges, Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updates and more complete information as appropriate, these are our Terms of Ethic

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