RTDNA Coverage Guidelines

RTDNA has developed a series of coverage guidelines to assist journalists, newsroom managers and station management with both common and uncommon ethical and operational situations which may arise. The guidelines have been prepared by journalists, managers and subject-area experts, and have been vetted by the RTDNA Ethics Committee.

Breaking News
Live Coverage
Using Telephone Calls On-Air
911 Calls
Bomb Threats
Law Enforcement Action
Respecting Privacy
Using Confidential Sources
Evaluating Sources
Hidden Cameras
File Tape
User-Generated Content
Graphic Content
Identifying Juveniles
Interviewing Juveniles
Racial Identification
Reporting on a Suicide
Ethical Video and Audio Editing
Digital Manipulation
Non-Editorial Audio and Video
Amber Alerts
On-Air Charitable Solicitations
Social Media and Blogging
Balancing Business Pressures and Journalism Values
Avoiding Conflict of Interest
Ethical Promotions

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