Dear RTDNA Canada Member;

Last year you asked us to review our Code of Journalism Ethics. In response, the executive struck a committee coordinated by Past-President Andy LeBlanc, with members being Jack Nagler, Ron Waksman and Mark Sikstrom.

The committee has done herculean work and presented a revised Code following the most extensive analysis, discussion and reworking since the code was initially approved by the RTNDA back in 1970. Subsequent revisions between 1986, 2000, 2006 and 2011 were less substantial compared to the reformatting and rewording of this final draft. As one committee member stated, “this code has never been more important to the future of an industry that requires such an instrument to separate the journalists from the aggregators, citizen bloggers and pretenders.”

I would like to extend my gratitude to the committee for their outstanding contribution to the association. The committee will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award this year.
The revised Code will be discussed during one of the panel sessions at the national conference.

The new Code takes into account the rapidly changing nature of our industry and is now platform agnostic. We hope it will be adopted by every newsroom in Canada.

The Code has also received legal approval and has been endorsed by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. The Council uses the RTDNA’s Code as the industry standard for its rulings and adjudications.

As per the RTDNA by-laws the revised Code is being sent out to the entire membership and will be voted on for adoption at the AGM on June 3rd in Toronto.

RTDNA Code of Journalism Ethics  (proposed draft April 2016)

RTDNA Code of Journalism Ethics  (adopted 2011)

Please contact me at president@rtdnacanada.com if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you for your ongoing support of RTDNA Canada.
Ian

Ian Koenigsfest
President, RTDNA Canada

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