The TAO Journalism Pledge

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 7.18.24 AMThe Washington News Council is gathering some support behind this pledge for journalistic transparency.

Would YOU sign it?

The pledge, for example includes this about corrections:

 

Accountable

If we get any facts wrong, we will admit that promptly and publicly. We will post/publish/print/podcast/broadcast a correction or at least a clarification. We will fully explain what happened to cause the error or mistake. We will do a follow-up story if that is appropriate, putting the original material in better context. We will apologize and promise to be more careful next time. We will show a little humility.

 

But the pledge also includes this passage, which traditional journalists may find surprising:

We do not necessarily agree to abide by any particular code of journalism ethics or professional standards, although we may choose to do so. If we do, we will declare that publicly. If we don’t, we will declare that as well.

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