The Preamble

Of the Code of Ethics by the Society of Professional Journalists

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this Code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.

-The members believe that keeping citizens informed is the top most important factor of keeping justice and democracy running smoothly.

-The journalist job is to keep citizens informed with truthful objective accounts of events and issues.

-A good journalist of all different media strive to give the public thorough and honest stories.

-A journalist's honesty is the number one thing that can give him/her credit.

-The society is making the oath of everything below ethical and to stick by it as much as possible.

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