Traditional Journalism Ethics Codes 

[compiled 2019]

Alphabetical order

Agence France Presse (AFP) Editorial Standards and Best Practices (link by Accountable Journalism)

Al Jazeera Code of Ethics

Al Jazeera America Code of Ethics

Al Jazeera English Code of Ethics

American Society of News Editors (ASNE) – for different news orgs.

Arab Journalists Federation’s Code of Ethics (link by Accountable Journalism)

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Ethics code (link by ASNE)

Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J. Ethics Code (link by ASNE)

ASEAN Journalists Code of Ethics (link by Accountable Journalism)

Associated Press Sports Editors: Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Ethics Guidelines

Associated Press Stylebook (subscription needed)

Associated Press Statement of News Values and Principles

Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Statement of Ethical Principles

Australian Broadcasting Corp. Principles + Standards

Axios’ Code of Ethics

Bloggers Code of Ethics

CBC Radio-Canada Journalistic Standards and Practices

Cedar Rapids Gazette Code of ethics (link by ASNE)

Center Square Code of Ethics 

Chicago Tribune Editorial Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Dallas Morning News: Ethics code (link by ASNE)

Deseret News, Salt Lake City: Ethics code (link by ASNE)

Diversity Style Guide (San Francisco State University) 

Dow Jones: Code of Conduct (link by ASNE)

European Broadcasting Union Editorial Principles

E.W. Scripps Co. Statement of Policy on Ethics and Professional Conduct (link by ASNE)

Frontline Freelance Register’s (FFR) Code of Conduct

Gannett Company, Inc. Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Gannett Newspaper Division Principles of Ethical Conduct (link by ASNE)

Hearst Newspapers: Statement of Professional Principles (link by ASNE)

Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind. Newsroom Code (link by ASNE)

Houston Chronicle: Newsroom Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

International Federation of Journalists Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists

International Federation of Journalists: Guidelines and Principles for Reporting on Issues Involving Children

International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Code of Professional Conduct Standards (link by Accountable Journalism)

Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Journal News, White Plains, N.Y. (formerly Gannett Suburban Newspapers) Ethics code (link by ASNE)

Kansas City Star Code of Ethics (link by ASNE)

Knight Ridder Code of Business Ethics (link by ASNE)

Latin American Federation of Journalists’ Code of Ethics ((link by Accountable Journalism)

Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star Ethics code  

Los Angeles Times Ethics Guidelines

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Mor10: Code of Ethics for Bloggers, Social Media and Content Creators

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Style Guide

National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics 

National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Model Code of Ethics for High School Journalists

National Union of Journalists (UK)

Newport News Daily Press Statement of Journalistic Ethics (link by ASNE)

News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill. Guidelines for Professional Standards (link by ASNE)

News Journal, Newcastle, Dela. Code of Professionalism and Ethics (link by ASNE)

News-Times, Danbury, Conn. Ethics Code (link by ASNE)

Newsroom by the Bay Ethics Code and Student Press Rights Statement

New York Times Ethical Journalism handbook

New York Times Guidelines on Our Integrity (link by ASNE)

New York Times News Blogs and Online Columns (link by ASNE)

NLGJA’s Stylebook Supplement (LGBTQ communities)

Online News Association (ONA)  (link by ASNE)

Online News Association (ONA) Social Newsgathering Ethics Code

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: The Media Self-Regulation Guidebook

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel: Editorial Code of Ethics (link by ASNE)

Philadelphia Inquirer Conflicts of interest (link by ASNE)

Poynter’s Drone journalism code of ethics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Statement of Policy (link by ASNE)

Press Council of Ireland Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines: 

ProPublica Code of Ethics

Public Media Code of Integrity

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) Editorial Integrity for Public Media

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Code of Ethics

Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Guidelines For Professional Conduct (link by ASNE)

Roanoke (Va.) Times: News and Editorial Mission and Vision (link by ASNE)

Professional Society of Drone Journalists Code of Ethics

Reuters: Standards and Values

RTNDA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (link by ASNE)

Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

San Antonio Express-News ethics code (link by ASNE)

San Francisco Chronicle Ethical News Gathering (link by ASNE)

San Jose Mercury News: Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Seattle Times: Newsroom Policies and Guidelines (link by ASNE)

Society of American Business Editors and Writers: Code of Ethics (link by ASNE)

Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. Newsroom Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Tampa Tribune: Newsroom Ethics Policy (link by ASNE)

Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Code of Ethics (link by ASNE)

Wall Street Journal (link by ASNE)

Washington Post Standards and Ethics (link by ASNE)

Wisconsin State Journal: Code of Ethics (link by ASNE)

Codes of non-mainstream journalism outlets or non-journalism advocacy organizations 

AP Yields to Journalists of Color on Style

Borderless Magazine’s Guide to Telling Better (and More Ethical) Immigration Stories    

Child Rights International Network’s Discrimination and the Media

City Bureau community engagement guidelines / What’s in Your Local News Contract?

Digital Rights Foundation’s  Guidebook on Ethical Journalism for Digital Platforms

Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous People

Media Monitoring Africa and Save the Children’s Editorial Guidelines and Principles for Reporting on Children in the Media

Ethical Reporting on Traumatised People – Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

GLAAD Media Reference Guide (LGBTQ communities)

MediaWise’s Guidelines for Reporting HIV

Tao of Journalism 

Vox Media’s Editorial Ethics and Guidelines

Young Turks (TYT) ethics code