Ethics, Standards and Practices

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Our standards and practices.

These standards are in place for all staff and volunteers, we want everyone who works with us at any capacity to understand what we believe in and how we want to operate.

Truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability.

https://portlandindependent.news/ is an independent press collective our volunteer team adheres to the following standards and ethics. Many of these have been honed by spj.org and we thank them for having such a wonderful list.

Portland Independent News is well defined as “left-leaning media” in many of our opinion pieces and the artwork we display as the theme to our website, the Editor makes this clear to all, as well as, the editor accepts and welcomes opposing views.

The role of portlandindependent.news

Portland Independent News is designed to be an outlet for independent journalists so share their stories and reporting with the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to do that.

  1. Our role is that of the journalist, and the outlet despite our personal views. While you are displaying credentials reflecting this organization we expect that you will be an observer and operate under the ethics reflected below.
  2. Portland Independent News does not seek to adjust, influence or direct the narrative you provide as s journalist. We are simply a platform that shares that YOUR independent view of the issues you are reporting.
  3. Portland Independent News reserves the right to reject or remove content, published works that we feel is inaccurate or not in alignment with the values we represent.

What we expect out of the journalists who share their reports here.

  1. Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
  2. Journalists should: – Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.
  3. Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
  4. Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story
  5. Be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises they make.
  6. Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
  7. Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.
  8. Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.
  9. Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public.
  10. Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.
  11. Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
  12. Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.
  13. Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.
  14. Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.
  15. Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.
  16. Label advocacy and commentary.
  17. Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.
  18. Never plagiarize. Always attribute.
  19. When reporting as opinion clearly mark and introduce your story as an opinion piece. An opinion piece is easy to define, it is when your personal narrative and or views enter the story. We do not object to opinion works however require they are clearly labeled.

This list has been composed in part by the Society of Professional Journalists and can be found here https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp There are additional helpful articles at the SPJ we encourage reading.