The Raider Times Code of Ethics

Modified from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, The Raider Times staff created its own.  All staff journalists worked on the document with consideration given to their roles as the news gatherers and reporters for Watertown High School.

The Raider Times Code of Ethics

The Staff of the Raider Times believe that the duty of a journalist is to serve the truth.

We believe in the freedom to learn and report the facts, as well as in our responsibility as journalists to perform with intelligence, objectivity, accuracy and fairness. To these ends, we declare acceptance of the standards of practice as follows;

RESPONSIBILITY:

Journalists who abuse their position on the staff of the Raider Times for selfish or unworthy motives violate a high trust.

The public/student body and staff’s right to know about events of public importance and interest is the over-riding mission of the Raider Times.

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS:

Freedom of the press comes with the responsibility to discuss, question and challenge actions and statements of our student body, staff, community and of our public and private institution.

The staff of the Raider Times uphold the right to speak unpopular opinions and the privilege to agree with the majority.

ETHICS:

The staff of the Raider Times will not expect or demand special treatment.

The staff of the Raider Times will not use private sources for information.

The staff of the Raider Times will find news important and interesting to their readership.

The staff of the Raider Times will never plagiarize.

 ACCURACY AND OBJECTIVITY:

The staff of the Raider Times will do the work in full, while remaining one hundred percent truthful.

Pieces meant to be opinions will be clearly stated as such, while pieces meant to remain objective and unbiased will do so.

FAIR PLAY:

The staff of the Raider Times will always show respect for the dignity, privacy, rights and well-being of the students of Watertown High School.

The staff of the Raider Times will always ensure the accuracy of their facts.

The staff of the Raider Times should not and will not publish anything capable of tarnishing the reputations of students and/or faculty members.

The staff of the Raider Times should not and will not violate any student or faculty member’s right to privacy.

The staff of the Raider Times is and will be responsible for everything they publish.

MUTUAL TRUST:

It is the duty of the Raider Times to maintain trust between the school and its journalism program by following this code of ethics.

The Raider Times Code of Ethics