Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics outlines the values and practices contributing to reliable journalism. The Code of Ethics is organized around four topics.
- Seek Truth and Report It: Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
- Be Accountable and Transparent: Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.
- Minimize harm: Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
- Act Independently: The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.
Does a newspaper or news source abide by these principles and have its own ethics statement?
IFLA How To Spot Fake News: The International Federation of Library Associations has a helpful guide and graphic for spotting fake news.
American Press Institute: Six Questions That Will Tell You What Media To Trust
1. Type: What type of content is this?
2. Source: Who and what are the sources cited and why should I believe them?
3. Evidence: What's the evidence and how was it vetted?
4. Interpretation: Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?
5. Completeness: What's missing?
6. Knowledge: Am I learning every day what I need?
Finding Journalistic Sources in the Libraries
New York Times: Online subscription , NY Times 1980-current, NY Times 1851-2009
Wall Street Journal: Online subscription; WSJ 1889-2001
Chicago Tribune (Current); Chicago Tribune Historical
Chicago Sun Times
ProQuest US Newstream
ProQuest Global Newstream
Access World News: provides access to hundreds of newspapers and news sources from around the world.
Loyola Library Catalog: Search New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times through the library catalog.
News and Current Events Research Guide
News and Current Events Research Guide: Visit the News and Current Events Research Guide to find additional news and current events resources.