Shark’s Tribune is a platform for students to develop skills, express ideas, and raise community awareness through creative and investigative writing, photography, and visual arts. We strive to a create a safe space where students are free to have a voice and express themselves. We want to inform Oceana’s student body and administration, and be a respected and trustworthy news source.
CODE OF ETHICS
(Based on the Code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists)
Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. To that end, our journalists should:
Seek Truth and Report It
- Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.
- Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.
- Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
- Identify sources clearly.
- Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.
- Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.
- Avoid stereotyping.
- Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information.
- Never plagiarize. Always attribute.
- Avoid intrusiveness and gossip
- Make your presence known to the public when out reporting. State who you represent.
- Inform sources that they will be published and named.
- Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.
- Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage.
- Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.
- Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do.
- Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.
- Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
- Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
- Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
Be Accountable and transparent
- Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.
- Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
- Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly.
- Hold each other accountable