Act Independently.
Journalists Code of ethics.

"Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know."

"Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived."

This means to not get yourself into a situation where you feel strongly about one side, or you would be bothered to make a stand for/against a side.

"Remain free of associations and activities
that may compromise journalistic integrity"

In simple terms this means to not be assosiated with whom you cover.

"Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel, and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office, and service in community organizations if they
compromise journalistic integrity."

This means to not accept anything from any of the people that you are covering. If gifts are offered, this could persuade you from telling the truth, or being biased in the topic you're covering.

"Disclose unavoidable conflicts."

Any conflict that you get yourself in, make sure they are knewn.

"Be vigilant and courageous about holding
those with political power accountable."

Be careful when pointing fingers at people with high political power.

"Be wary of sources offering information for
favors or money; avoid bidding for news."

Simply, this is a warning to keep an eye out of people trying to bribe you with false information.

Jess Schell and Ashlyn Liska

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