Only once in SPJ’s 100-year history has a resolution been adopted twice, unanimously, by convention delegates.That was on Nov. 16, 1973 — the day the Society adopted a Code of Ethics of its own, replacing one that was borrowed in 1926 from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
This column is based on calls to the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists, a partnership between the Chicago Headline Club and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Ethics and Social Justice. The phone number for the AdviceLine is 312-409-3334. Advice is given by people at Loyola who either teach ethics or are trained in ethics.
Warnings of probable terrorist attacks in the United States make it clear that this is a new era for the nation and for journalism. Vice President Dick Cheney was quoted in Time Magazine saying that, “for the first time in our history, we will probably suffer more casualties here at home in America than will our troops overseas” as a result of terrorist attacks.