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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Journalism Ethics Resources

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers articles, case studies, videos, and other resources on ethics for journalists and others in the media field. We focus on online journalism ethics.

Journalism Ethics Articles
Reporters, editors, media organizations, and the general public can find resources on news curation, news literacy, data visualization, inclusion and other issues in media ethics.

Journalism Ethics Cases
What online photos can be borrow without violating copyright? Should newspapers publish the names of the victims of sexual assault? What can reporters do about headlines that over-hype their stories? 

Student Journalism Ethics Cases
Is it ethical for a student journalist to cover a friend’s organization? If the university asks for a story to be removed or changed, is a university (student-run) newspaper editor obligated to comply? If students who are sources for a story wish to remain anonymous, should a student journalist still use their quotes?

Journalism Ethics Resources for Newsrooms and Classrooms 
A set of videos and articles appropriate for training and college courses come out of the Center's annual Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics.

Journalism Ethics Codes
Links provide access to media codes of ethics and other resources for journalists.

Journalism Ethics Videos
Leaders in the field of digital journalism talk about the ethical issues in their field, including journalism's mission in the public square and whether technological approaches can solve ethical dilemmas.