Are we walking our talk?

The Post Register newsroom has adopted and localized the code of ethics developed by the Society of Professional Journalists. But, like any institution, we also need to be held accountable. To make sure that happens, here is a series of web pages that spell out our code and our profession's standards of practice.

If you feel the paper or an individual news staffer has behaved unethically, call Managing Editor Monte LaOrange at 208-542-6795 or emailĀ mlaorange@postregister.com. You can also challenge our behavior in a letter to the editor or by reporting us to another media outlet, whose professional standards should include the duty to report on the ethical decision-making of the media.


Post Register Code of Ethics

An adaptation of the 2006 Society of Professional Journalists standard code of ethics

Preamble:

We believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and a contributor to democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. We strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Working at the Post Register means sharing a dedication to ethical behavior and striving to follow this code and the connected standards of practice.

The Code

Seek Truth and Report It:
Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information

Minimize Harm:
Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Act Independently:
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.

Be Accountable:
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.