Vashon Loop Code of Ethics

Adapted from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

Journalism is not to be undertaken lightly. Indeed, the mighty power of the pen is first and foremost a responsibility. Words can be both weapon and tool, constructive or destructive, sincerely meant or wielded disingenuously for selfish gain. That is why, as members of the Society for Professional Journalists, we plan to adhere to, learn from, and rely upon the SPJ Code of Ethics.

Each month, we’ll highlight one of the four foundational principles of ethical journalism and ruminate on how and why ethics in journalism matter. Today, in our Inaugural September 2022 issue of The Vashon Loop, we share with you the SPJ Code of Ethics Preamble:

“Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair, and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity. The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.”

The Four Foundational Principles of Ethical Journalism

  1. Seek Truth and Report It
  2. Minimize Harm
  3. Act Independently
  4. Be Accountable and Transparent