Our code of ethics
The Press adheres to the highest ethical standards.
We believe that it is the duty of journalists to serve the truth. As practitioners of the press freedom that is essential to democracy, we believe that journalists have a higher duty than others to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest in their professional and private lives.
We strive to be fair, accurate, honest, responsible, independent and sensitive to the feelings of our readers. We respect individual rights to privacy. We strive for balance. If we represent a point of view, we want it to be the public interest.
The Press and its staff should be free of obligations to outsiders, especially news sources and special interests. We accept nothing of value from anyone outside the profession, with the exception of review copies of new books, video tapes and other recordings, and reviewers' admissions to theaters and other working-press passes to sporting events, etc. In the case of books, tapes and other recordings, we donate surplus items to local libraries or to the annual charity raffle when it is impractical to return them to the originator.
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