ASBPE’s New Ethics Guide Stresses Transparency
The guide will be formally introduced at the ASBPE National Editorial Conference in Chicago in July 20-21. The new rules stress transparency, urging editors to help ensure that publishers thoroughly publicize ethical standards to staff, readers and advertisers, to establish credibility, especially with the press. Transparency is important because the press often gets a bad name when it clearly does not tell its various constituencies what standards and procedures it uses and why, the ASBPE said in a statement.
The guide also cautions editors from being involved in advertising negotiations and says that editors and writers should not accept free gifts or travel junkets. Major topics include conflicts of interest, standards for editorial operations, graphics and photography, special ad sections, conferences and trade shows, non-profit publications and digital publications.
The new guidelines also provide more detail about the previous guide’s provisions and delves into new territory covering graphics, photography, research, trade shows, contests, and other operations.