SPJ Code of Ethics Preamble

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is essential to justice, and the foundation of democracy. The duty of journalists is to further those ends by seeking truth, and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.

Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties should strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of SPJ share a dedication to ethical behavior and have adopted a Code of Ethics to declare SPJ’s principles and standards of practice.

SPJ Complete Code of Ethics

The complete SPJ Code of Ethics is online.

More information about SPJ National is at: Society of Professional Journalists.