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DMN features reporting that comes directly from source news agencies and not from a single network news desk. In other words, we go to the source for our information. Our news gathering partners are located in almost every country and give all of us a unique insight into events of the day.

In addition, DMN features analysis and commentary which are in segments headed ‘Reporters Notebook’ and ‘Commentary.’ The goal here is not to spin news stories but to provide analysis and opinion and clearly identify such OP/ED pieces as such. DMN includes video reports from journalists based around the world via our video platforms on YouTube and Vimeo. Those reports appear in stories on this site. We also feature Live Events via Ustream when situations warrant.

We begin and end each day, Monday – Friday, with a read of the days headlines, entertainment, and sports. We also include tech news and health news on certain days depending on available content. On the weekends, we provide an expanded morning read only. Comments are welcome on every story and every commentary unless specified. Questions or comments can always be directed via e-mail to dmn@usa.com

DMN CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

As adapted from the Society of Professional Journalists

PREAMBLE

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of 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. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

Journalists should:

Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid
inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond
to allegations of wrongdoing.

Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information
as possible on sources’ reliability.

Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions
attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.

Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video,
audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not
oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.

Never distort the content of news photos or video Image enhancement for technical
clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.

Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged news events. If re-enactment is necessary
to tell a story, label it.

Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except
when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story.

Never plagiarize.

Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly,
even when it is unpopular to do so.

Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values
on others.

Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual
orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.

Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.

Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be
equally valid.

Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary
should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between
the two.

Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

Minimize Harm

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

Journalists should:

Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use
special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.

Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by
tragedy or grief:

Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort.
Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.

Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about
themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention.
Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.

Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.

Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.

Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.

Act Independently

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the
public’s right to know.

Journalists should:

Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.

Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or
damage credibility.

Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary
employment, political involvement, public office and service in community
organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.

Disclose unavoidable conflicts.

Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure
to influence news coverage.

Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable

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

Journalists should:

Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over
journalistic conduct.

Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.

Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.

Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.

Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of journalists, regardless of place or platform, and is widely used in newsrooms and classrooms as a guide for ethical behavior. The code is intended not as a set of “rules” but as a resource for ethical decision-making. It is not — nor can it be under the First Amendment — legally enforceable. The present version of the code was adopted by the 1996 SPJ National Convention, after months of study and debate among the Society’s members. Sigma Delta Chi’s first Code of Ethics was borrowed from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1926. In 1973, Sigma Delta Chi wrote its own code, which was revised in 1984, 1987 and 1996.

Drew Myers, Managing Editor

I have spent more than 30 years in the broadcast and news industry as a disc-jockey, talk-show host, reporter, anchor and managing editor. My news stories have been carried by the Associated Press, United Press International and CNN. Doing the news in an environment free from corporate oversight is, without question, the most liberating journalism I have ever experienced. There is no agenda here, only a search for the truth in the events that shape our lives.

We include political reporting and analysis on many issues that effect our communities, our nations and our planet. You comments are always welcome. This blog is read by people in virtually every country on the planet. It is humbling that many of you have chosen this blog as a source for news and information regarding the events of our world. Thank you for being here.

Please direct questions or comments to dmn@usa.com

Posted July 25, 2011 by dmnewsi

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