Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.
—Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity
or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment,
and shun secondary employment, political involvement,
public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests
and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money;
avoid bidding for news.
The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics