Wikinews talk:Code of Ethics

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I've been wanting to do some research on this topic for a week or so, Simeon. Thanks for doing the legwork so I can get started! - Amgine 18:01, 5 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Starting WNCoE[edit]

We need to start working on our own Code of Ethics, right now all it consists of is a bunch of links; if we end up being crucially audited by some government or something, we should have a solid CoE to stand on. We should work on a draft at Wikinews:Code of Ethics\Draft; because it's still an 'in beta' draft. KirbyMeister 03:36, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC)

On the case study[edit]


while I welcome the openness and honesty with which CG has documented the Piano Man story, I would prefer this page to list fictional examples rather than real ones. It's not fair to the individual Wikinewsies involved, especially CG, to have this story stick out like a sore thumb for a long time to come. Unless there are strong objections, I'll try to come up with a fictional case story which illustrates the same point.--Eloquence 05:43, 31 May 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, obviously I don't want to be associated with that mistake forever! But it is a valuable lesson that must be thaught to all wikinewsies. I've tried not to name myself in the case study - but anyone could find out who it refers to just by looking at the talk page of the piano man article. I would love if you could come up with a fictatious one to replace it. → CGorman (Talk) 09:07, 31 May 2005 (UTC)

a thought[edit]

I was reading this essay on wikipedia, and although wikipedia and wikinews do have differences they do have some similarity so the essay got me thinking. Anyways my thought was more or less: We should Be ethical:

  • To readers
    • npov, don't misrepresent the truth, don't lie
  • To editors (Each other)
    • WN:E. make wikinews a nice environment.
    • Do not let vandals run around disrupting proper working of wikinews (WN:BP)
  • To the subjects of our articles
    • ties into our responsibilities to our readers as well
    • Should not libel the subject of our articles
    • Npov
    • Good sources - don't publish stuff based on unsubstantiated rumor
    • Minimize potential harm

Now as i look at that list, it look to me as if many (if not all) ethical issues are already handled by core policy (WN:NPOV WN:E Wikinews:Cite sources). Therefor perhaps this page should be less of a policy in it self, and more of a summary of those policies as they apply to ethical situations. Just a thought. Bawolff 15:14, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

broken link[edit]

The link for Al Jazeera's COE is outdated. The current link is <>

Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up on that! --Brian McNeil / talk 12:58, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

New section[edit]

I was thinking that, perhaps, we should also include telling the person you are interviewing that you are planning on posting it online. Please comment. Qwerty number1 (talk) 21:03, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

I think I will add it now, but if anyone then mentions how they dislike the change, I will revert edit(s) and then discuss with them.Qwerty number1 (talk) 21:08, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

Interview ethics are, as I recall, discussed on another page. --Pi zero (talk) 21:59, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

Ok! Can you give me a link to it please? Thanks, Qwerty number1 (talk) 10:47, 22 December 2018 (UTC).

@Qwerty number1: Keeping in mind that our documentation tends to be scattered all hither and yon, and is often sparse (I've been told that's usually true of small news orgs: people at such orgs are too busy doing to spend a lot of time writing about how they do it, the major news style guides being at really big operations, like AP or BBC News); another way of looking at the same effect being, that we're comparatively "fast" on article production at the price of being comparatively slow on infrastructure development. The first place I'd look for interview ethics would be WN:OR. --Pi zero (talk) 14:05, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Ok!Qwerty number1 (talk) 15:28, 22 December 2018 (UTC)