Truth and Accuracy
It is a journalist's top priority to report and write the truth. This is the reason why truthfulness and accuracy make up one of the most important standards in the code of ethics. Reporters are always anticipated to look for trustworthy sources and to be as accurate as they possibly can with the size of the project given to them. When editors come across different errors, it is important for the writers to correct them in the most accurate and true way possible. Most journalists fact-check alongside another employee or writer to help verify everything is in line before submitting to the editor as well.
When reporting on crimes or incidents, it is very important that journalists remember to consider that those under trial or being regarded as suspects are always innocent until proven guilty. If this is not followed, there is the possibility of wrongful conviction. The best word reporters use in this incident is "allegedly", until sentencing. Afterwards, the crimes can then be reported as fact.
A basic rule journalists follow is when there is two or more individual witnesses of an event, it can be reported as fact. If there is only one witness, the event is conveyed with acknowledgment to the witness. This also goes for controversial facts.
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