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Advisers code of ethics

Media advisers will:

  • Model standards of professional journalistic conduct.
  • Empower students to make decisions of style, structure and content by creating a learning atmosphere where students will actively practice critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Encourage students to seek divergent points of view and to explore a variety of information sources in their decision-making.
  • Support and defend a free, robust and active forum for student expression without prior review or restraint.
  • Emphasize the importance of accuracy, balance and clarity in all aspects of news gathering and reporting.
  • Show trust in students as they carry out their responsibilities by encouraging and supporting them in a caring, learning environment.
  • Remain informed on press rights and responsibilities across media platforms.
  • Advise and mentor, rather than act as censor or decision-maker.
  • Display professional and personal integrity in situations that might be construed as potential conflicts of interest.
  • Support free expression for others in local and larger communities.
  • Model traits of a life-long learner through continuous professional development in media education along with membership and involvement in professional media organizations.
  • Champion inclusion so that all┬ástudents not only see themselves and their ideas represented, but also see themselves as able to contribute to and to lead student-determined media.
  • Foster cooperation and open communication with administrators and other stakeholders while students exercise their First Amendment rights.
  • Encourage journalistically responsible use of social media in schools and educate students, school officials and community to its value. Educate students about the ramifications of its misuse.

JEA Board of Directors
Revised Nov. 12, 2015

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