The Journalistic Code of Ethics for The Doon School Weekly
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- Aims and Objectives of The Doon School Weekly
The Weekly is the school newspaper As the school newspaper, the Weekly must report the events, activities, awards, and appointments of the school. It is a journal of record. The Weekly is a journal of comment on the life of the school and invites students, teachers, and other members of the community to publish their views in its pages. The Weekly is a vehicle for the creativity of members of the community and should entertain its readers. The Weekly may also serve as a forum for commentary and debate on issues outside the school.
- Journalistic Ethics and Responsibilities of Members of the Editorial Board of The Doon School Weekly
Members of the Editorial Board should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting, and interpreting information. The following guidelines should be borne in mind: ! Confirm the accuracy of any information and avoid unintentional errors. Deliberate distortion, surmises, unjustified rumours or inaccuracy are not permissible. Headlines, news teases, photos, graphics and quotations should not generalize or highlight incidents out of context. Headings should not be sensational or provocative and must justify the matter printed under it. Never plagiarize and borrow recklessly without crediting sources. Plagiarism is defined as passing off the writing or ideas of another person as one's own, without crediting the source. This is an offence against the code of ethics. Prepublication verification must ensure that such material is credited. Strict action will be taken against anyone who is guilty of plagiarism. Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, disability, physical appearance, or social status. Avoid defamatory or derogatory writing. Refrain from using adjectives (e.g., bad, undisciplined) in reporting. The cardinal principle is that the character or nature of the subject of a report should be established by proof of facts and not mere allegation. Reporting must not be normative; it should be objective. The content of the Weekly must not contain the following: comments on the families of teachers or intrusion into their privacy.