Magazine article The Quill

AdviceLine Underscores Mission

Magazine article The Quill

AdviceLine Underscores Mission

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There are those who feel that ethics is more a matter of common sense. However, in our complex society, the reality is that these issues are rarely clear cut. Decisions about right and wrong affect us every day. For those who wish to move the world forward in a positive way, ethical behavior is essential.

In the fast-paced world of modern journalism, there is a need for rapid and expert guidance on matters requiring ethical decisionmaking. As experienced by several recent high profile cases, even leaders in the media have experienced failures in ethical reporting. Where our First Amendment freedoms are concerned, journalists, perhaps more than others, owe it to the public to be worthy of the confidence placed in the news they report.

To assist journalists in the process of ethical decision-making, the Chicago Headline Club teamed with Loyola University Chicago's Center for Ethics and Social justice three years ago to create the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists. Initial seed money for the AdviceLine was provided by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and a $10,000 follow-up grant for promoting AdviceLine was made in 2003.

AdviceLine is a free service to professional journalists who are seeking the correct course of ethical conduct while covering the news. Questions often involve conflicts of interest, relationships with news sources and weighing the harm that might come from reporting a story.

Recently, AdviceLine welcomed three more ethics specialists connected with Loyola who will serve as part of the response team, those who answer questions from journalists who are seeking guidance on ethics issues. …

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