Ethics AdviceLine

Want to do the right thing, but you're not sure what that is? Sometimes journalists need help making informed decisions on tough ethical calls.

For the past four years, the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists (866-DILEMMA) has helped hundreds of journalists try to do the right thing by connecting them with experts with whom they can discuss their ethical dilemmas.

Now the Ethics AdviceLine has a new Web page where journalists can submit their questions online. All requests are confidential and most questions are answered within 24 hours.

The free service is sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Loyola University Chicago Center for Ethics and Social Justice. Journalists can also still call toll free to get advice: 1-866-DILEMMA.

Another resource is Poynter On Call. Professional journalists can call Poynter's special toll-free number: 877-639-7817. The best time to reach someone at Poynter is between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., East Coast time.

Also check out the interactive ASNE/Poynter Ethics Tool, which will lead you through a series of questions to help you make an informed ethical decision on deadline.

Here are more ethics resources from Poynter.
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