Pursuing Ethics in News and Media

 

Through collaborations with dedicated instructors, enthusiastic students and committed community partners, the Institute for Ethics and Integrity in Journalism and Media strives to restore trust in journalism and news media at a time when public trust in the fourth estate has been faltering.

Our Fellows serve as resources for students and faculty to cultivate best practices that support fair and accurate journalism across multimedia platforms. Together, we coordinate special programming, guest lectures, networking opportunities, and curriculum enhancements. We arrange for high-quality, paid internships at various media outlets so students can put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.

We also are dedicated to nurturing an ongoing conversation with the public to promote a greater understanding of the decision-making practices that ethical journalists and media creators follow when creating content for audiences. Along the way, we recognize outstanding journalism practitioners and underwrite awards to students conducting research in journalism ethics.

Clearly, a well-reported story requires an outlet. To that end, we’ve partnered with Duquesne’s Center for Emerging and Innovative Media and its three state-of-the-art media studios so students can produce professional broadcasts, podcasts, livestreams and pre-recorded content.

 

Our Code of Ethics

We strive to promote trust in journalism and news media by creating an ongoing dialogue with the public and regional partners to foster best practices to support local and national journalism that is fair and accurate, to recognize outstanding journalism practitioners, and to offer enhanced educational and professional learning experiences for Duquesne students.

Write the truth—verifying all information before releasing it—and provide context and attribution for the facts. Do not plagiarize, omit critical facts or pay for access to news.
Strive for fairness and balance, avoid conflicts of interest and maintain independence from the people you cover.
Identify sources unless they face retribution or danger for cooperating.
Seek feedback about your work; admit and promptly correct mistakes.
Serve as a watchdog for the public, yet balance the public's need to know against potential harm.
Treat those you deal with in your work with respect and courtesy; avoid imposing your cultural values on others.

Thanks to our donor

Pat Yoder
Pat's generous gift will drive our work to re-establish public trust in journalism and media in the United States.
Throughout Patricia Doherty Yoder's decades-long career holding senior positions in public relations and public affairs, her experiences as a communications professional taught her that trust among the public, journalists and organizations requires deep engagement among all parties.

With Pat's support, and through the University's national and global connections, we have been given an incredible opportunity for our students, teachers and community to restore an ethical and trustworthy landscape in journalism today.

"In my professional life, I strove for integrity alongside many respected journalists and communications professionals and understand just how crucial it is to have people of integrity shaping how we understand the world," Pat says. "At the same time, it also is more critical than ever that we restore the public's trust in journalism, and I know Duquesne has the people and the institutional will to pursue this work. I am glad to provide some of the support to get it moving."

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