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October 12, 2005

Ethical Journalism


Plagiarism, Fabrication This is a firing offense and includes material from The Pharos-Tribune as well as other sources. Plagiarism is lifting identical material without appropriate attribution or citation and does not preclude using specific facts from research. Wire service materials should be attributed in the story text or in the tagline. If a significant portion of wire story is added by a reporter, it should share the byline and declare as such in the tagline. If a small portion is added, that information should be included in the tagline. Fabricating stories that purport to be truthful also is a firing offense.

Racial identification: Racial identifications are used only when necessary to the story. Racial identification of suspects is used when the description provides enough information to exclude all but a narrow group of people using specific identifiers (such as but not limited to age, weight, height, clothing, hats, scars, hair color, getaway cars, etc.) Questions should be directed to the ranking editor on duty.

Obscenities, vulgarities: With few exceptions, we don't print them. The managing editor must approve any obscenity being considered for publication and advise the publisher before publication. Source and context will be considered. Obscenities offend many readers and often divert attention from the story.

Freelancing, Outside Work: Freelancing work is permitted only if work is sold to a non-competitive medium with The Pharos-Tribune media, done on the employee’s own time, not interfere with The Pharos-Tribune obligations and the employee clearly identifies the contractor they are working for. Employees are encouraged to discuss freelance opportunities with their supervisors to assure that no conflict or appearance of conflict exists. The same policy applies to freelance work published on Internet Web sites. Freelance material purchased for use in The Pharos-Tribune may be used on its Internet editions unless other advance arrangements were made with individual freelancers.

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