The following article is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of SPJ, its membership or its Diversity Committee. The committee itself has taken no stand on the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant.” Frequent use of the phrases “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien” by our mainstream media is being questioned in order to remain faithful to the principles of our U.S.
California became the second state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage in May. Your state is sure to face the same issue, if it hasn’t already. But how should journalists cover this controversial topic and remain faithful to SPJ’s Code of Ethics?