It’s midnight, deadline is at 9 a.m. Your article has carried you into a gray area of ethical ambiguity. The internet doesn’t have every answer and your editor won’t answer your calls. Now what? Since 1996 the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has hosted a 24 hour Ethics Hotline and with a new revised code, as of this month, they’re out to remind the world that their resource still exists.
The hotline was established with the 1996 revision of the code of ethics to answer questions about the revisions but it’s remained open since then because it’s been a valuable resource for many journalists.
These revisions to the Ethics Code were the first made in nearly 18 years. A committee worked for a year, trying to make sure the code would encompass digitial media and ultimately they had to come to the decsion that a code would never be able to, specifically enough, cover every facet of journalism. Not anymore in a world that’s expanded so much.
With this realization, SPJ is encouraging more journalists to use the hotline because most ethical questions cannot be solved by simply adhering to an ethical code; it takes a conversation.
To reach the Ethics hotline simple call 317/927.8000 x208 and leave a message.