March 20, 2023

Our Code of Ethics

(Revisions approved April 16, 2011)

(Revisions approved April 16, 2011)

We, the Members of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, will uphold the following in our journalistic pursuits:

-to check the accuracy of the facts and report them objectively and impartially

-to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, and to never allow personal beliefs or personal gain to influence coverage

-to mention race, creed, nationality, gender, disability, social status and sexual orientation of individuals only when relevant

-to show sensitivity to victims and witnesses of violent crimes and other personal tragedies

– to remember suspects are innocent until proven guilty

– to avoid interfering with emergency personnel in the performance of their duties

– to credit the source if the information is not one’s own and never plagiarize

-to promptly correct all errors with special consideration given to audience and time

-to use secretive news gathering techniques only as a last resort, and to clearly identify and explain why such techniques were necessary to the story

-to avoid misleading use of images or sound, and to clearly identify staged or provided images or sound

-to clearly label all opinion and commentary

-to vigorously defend guarantees in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and in the Illinois Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts