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What Are Journalistic Ethics?

with Kathy Best

Editor, the Missoulian

Despite the recent uproar over fake news and the dishonest mainstream media, traditional journalists and news outlets have long held to rigorous codes of conduct and ethical standards. Journalism schools teach ethics, professional associations have codes of ethics, and most papers have transparency policies that make them accountable to the public. The editor of the Missoulian leads a discussion of what safeguards are in place, how standards differ within different news organizations, and whether the safe guards are adequate.