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Journalism Guidelines Evolving With Digital News
By: Doug Bedell
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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is updating its ethics code, for the first time since 1996, to cover and encourage compliance by digital journalists. "Back in 1996, for instance, with essentially one print deadline at the end of the day," notes Karen Peterson of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., "we didn’t have to make split-second decisions about what to post online as news was breaking. Likewise, we didn’t have to decide how to handle personal information people post about themselves online."

SPJ members will vote on the proposed code revisions in September.  

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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