Temple journalism students get an ethics code

“From what our research dug up, we are one of the few journalism programs in the nation to have created its own [ethics] code,” Temple University’s Jeff Cronin tells Romenesko readers. “Most refer their students to professional codes of ethics. Our faculty decided to create an ethics code that both reflected the fact that student journalism is still journalism and that our students are entering a digital age in which it has become way too easy to unknowingly step over an ethical boundary.”

From the book:
DO tell the truth; hear from many voices; be independent; be accountable for your work; ask questions.
DON’T fabricate; plagiarize; misrepresent; behave badly; suffer in silence (“ask a professor for advice”).

* Temple University Ethics Code for Student Journalists (temple.edu/PDF)

Temple j-school dean’s offer: