OUR MISSION

 

Shark’s Tribune is an online newspaper written and created by a diverse group of Oceana Students.  Its purpose is to develop the public’s understanding  of Oceana’s community, and to cover stories that are important and relevant to Oceana students.  

 

Its goals are to truthfully inform students, staff, and the community, and to be a trustworthy source of information.

We value honesty and integrity in reporting, diversity of stories, the safety of our schools, and compassion for all community members.  

 

CODE OF ETHICS

(Based on the Code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists)

Ethics Statement:  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.
  • Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
  • Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story.
  • Identify sources clearly.
  • Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information.
  • Give voice to the voiceless.
  • Support the open exchange of views, even those they may find that oppose their own.
  • Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices are seldom heard.
  • Avoid stereotyping.
  • Label advocacy and commentary.
  • Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information.
  • Never plagiarize. Always attribute.

Minimize Harm

  • Show compassion for those affected by news coverage.
  • Avoid intrusiveness and gossip, and weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.
  • Make their presence known to the public when out reporting.  State who they represent.
  • Inform sources that they will be published and named.

Respect Privacy

  • 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.
  • Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention.
  • Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.

Act Independently

  • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
  • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, and special treatment.
  • Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
  • Distinguish news from advertising, and shun hybrids that blur the line.  Label sponsored content.

Be Accountable and Transparent

  • 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, and expose unethical conduct within their own organization.
  • Follow and uphold the same standards they expect of others.