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February 20th, 2017 • Quill Archives
Steve Buttry: Objectively, A Journalism Life Well Lived

Editor’s Note: This is among the last major articles Steve Buttry wrote. Though for those who knew him, or knew of his work in the journalism field and through his training and teaching blog, The Buttry Diary, it would come as no surprise that the last thing he wrote was most likely his obituary.

September 3rd, 2014 • Quill Archives
New Code of Ethics Not Ready for Prime Time

NOTE: A version of this critique from Steve Buttry first appeared on his blog. The rewrite of the SPJ Code of Ethics is moving in the right direction, just not far enough. In three monstrously long posts in 2010 and earlier this year, I called for an update of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and criticized the first draft of an update by the Ethics Committee.

April 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives
21st-Century Journalism Requires 21st-Century Code

The SPJ Code of Ethics absolutely needs an update. The Code, adopted in 1973, was revised three times between then and 1996 but not since. Why would SPJ stop keeping its ethics code current when new tools, new opportunities, media restructuring and current events continue presenting journalists with new ethical decisions?