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Duration
Less than 30 minutes
Topic(s)
  • Journalism
  • Media Ethics
Grade(s)
  • 6-12

1. Tell students: Journalists strive to be accurate, fair and clear in their reporting. News organizations and professional groups have codes to guide ethical behavior.

  • Note: If time and desired, go over the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

2. Individually or in small groups, have students read each scenario on the worksheet and answer the questions. How would they handle the situation if they were editors of their school newspaper?

  • Media Ethics Scenarios worksheet (download), one per student or small group
  • Scenarios teacher key (download) 
  • Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics (optional, download)

Have students or groups share their decisions and reasoning. Use the answer key to help guide the discussion.

  • Are there disagreements? If so, why?
  • What specific standards guided their decisions?
  • Did personal and professional ethics clash in any of their decisions?

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