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.



(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.
  • 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.

Minimize Harm

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Act Independently

  • 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