A set of guidelines for journalists to follow

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a set of guidelines for journalists to follow regarding their ethical conduct through all phases of their reporting, writing and publishing a story conflict of interest an ethical breach in which journalists have a connection or personal interest in a story that they are covering fabrication perhaps the worst journalistic sin, a made-up story investigative journalism practice of reporting news that often requires in-depth examination of documents; persistent interviewing; and dogged digging in the pursuit of uncovering corruption, fraud, or other types of crimes, injustice and wrongdoing libel legal term for false or misleading information that damages a reputation personally or professionally through a written statement
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Journalism Vocabulary Unit 2 Ethics And The Law ombudsman an individual who works at a media outlet but is given an independent role to function as a liaison between a newsroom and its audience, weighing in on complaints and comments regarding issues of fairness, taste and accuracy; also known as a public editor payola an ethical breach that refers to some sort of gift or financial remuneration that a journalist accepts in return for favorable news coverage plagiarism \(PLAY-juh-rih-zuhm)\ using the words of another person without crediting the source prior restraint a legal term that means government prohibition of speech in advance of publication slander legal term for false or misleading information that damages a reputation personally or professionally through a spoken statement
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