Programming Ethics

In order to fulfill the Radio Justice L.A. Mission of creating an open communications and media hub connecting local organizations and individuals working in their communities to realize a just and equitable society, we must, at all times, honor and work to strengthen the trust placed in us by those communities. To that end, all RadioJustice L.A. staff, management, and contributors are expected to abide by the following guidelines when producing content for this platform.

It is the duty of RadioJustice L.A. to serve as a constructive critic of all segments of society. It should reasonably reflect, both in staffing and coverage, the diverse communities of Los Angeles. This platform should vigorously expose wrongdoing, duplicity and misuse of power, both public and private.

Always Be Accurate

  1. Support the open and civil exchange of views and ideas, even those you personally find repugnant.
  2. Be vigilant and courageous about holding those in power responsible for their actions: give voice to the voiceless.
  3. Take responsibility for the accuracy of your work. Verify the accuracy of information before releasing it. Use original sources when possible.
  4. Provide context. Do not oversimplify or misrepresent in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
  5. Gather, update, and correct information throughout a story.
  6. Always correct an error openly.
  7. Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
  8. Diligently seek out subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or wrongdoing.
  9. Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.
  10. Avoid undercover and surreptitious methods of gathering information, unless traditional open methods will not yield information valuable to the public.
  11. Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the way their values and experiences may shape their reporting.
  12. Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of human experience. Actively seek sources we rarely hear.
  13. NEVER deliberately distort facts or context.
  14. Never plagiarize; always attribute. 

Always Minimize Harm

  1. Balance the public's need to know against potential harm to individual human beings.
  2. Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical obligation to broadcast.
  3. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
  4. Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources and subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent.
  5. Balance the subjects right to a fair trial with the public's right to know. Consider the implications of identifying criminal suspects before they are charged.
  6. Realize that private people have a greater right to privacy than public figures and those who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of disseminating private information.

Always Be Accountable and Transparent

  1. Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity, and fairness.
  2. Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and permanently. Explain corrections and clarification carefully and clearly.
  3. Explain ethical choices to the audience. Encourage a civil dialogue with the people about journalistic practices, coverage, and news content.
  4. Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within RadioJustice.

Always Maintain Independence

  1. Avoid conflict of interest either real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts of interest.
  2. Deny favored treatment of advertisers, donors, or other special interests. Resist openly both internal and external pressure.
  3. Do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.
  4. Shun news/advertising hybrids. Prominently label sponsored content. 

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