Sample Policies (Editorial and Business Ethics)

INN members generally have public-facing webpages explaining their editorial and business ethics policies but they also have internal handbooks and guidelines for employees. NOTE: These are living documents that are updated as needed. Where links below point to PDFs, updates may have been made since the documents were shared with us and posted.

Journalism codes of ethics:

MinnPost Code of Ethics

Pulitzer Center Ethics and Standards Policies

Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting Ethics Guide

Conflicts of interest

All nonprofits, not only news organizations, benefit from providing stakeholders a clear policy. This example is from Luminate Group, a philanthropic organization from the Omidyar Network, which supports independent media and press freedom.

Financial support disclosure:

Bridge Michigan uses its About webpage to link to donor disclosure and explain its Editorial Independence Policy.

Texas Tribune provides transparency on an Our Supporters webpage.

Use of social media:

Policies vary widely depending on the nature of the nonprofit organization and the role of the employees. INN members that shared policies noted they were under review and likely to update.

Fostering Media Connections Social Media Policy (Download PDF)

Simple Social Media Policy shared anonymously (Download PDF)

Employee handbook:

Some members address conflicts of interest and include a code of conduct and a social media policy in an employee handbook.

VTDigger.org Employee Handbook (Download PDF)