Code of Ethics

Mission Statement
Named after journalist Daniel Pearl, Daniel Pearl Youth News provides secondary school students the opportunity to learn and apply the highest ethical standards in journalism to broaden cross-cultural understanding and respect for differences through accurate, objective and unbiased news coverage.

Almost half of the world’s population is under 25 – nearly three billion people. Daniel Pearl Youth News publishes news articles that strive to provide a greater sense of the world from a youth perspective. We encourage collaborative work among our certified Daniel Pearl Reporters to bring a collective voice to world issues. By researching, reporting, and editing our news articles as a team, we achieve a common vision of seeking the truth to benefit humanity.

Values and Principles
We strive to follow the Code of Ethics established by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to courageously seek the truth and report on news in a fair and honest manner.

We make every effort to check and double check our information for accuracy.

We present all sides of a story and go out of our way to seek diversity of voices.

Our audience, reporters, and editors represent a variety of cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds, and we take pride in this diversity.

We do not tolerate biased, stereotypical, or offensive representations of any culture or community.

The safety and security of Daniel Pearl Reporters is of utmost concern to us. We will never intentionally put a Daniel Pearl Reporter in harm’s way and discourage reporters from taking undue risks.

We recognize that our news coverage reaches into countries with different legal systems. We respect local laws and standards relating to privacy, libel, and freedom of expression.

We will never intentionally violate the laws of any country.

Editorial Standards and Policies
The Daniel Pearl Youth News website publishes news articles written by secondary school students who have been certified as Daniel Pearl Reporters. Our certification program is aimed to ensure that Daniel Pearl Reporters are trained to write articles that present accurate and responsible news content. The certification, however, does not guarantee the accuracy of each individual article.

Daniel Pearl Youth News publishes articles based on factual reporting that do not include the opinions of Daniel Pearl Reporters, Editors, or the Daniel Pearl Foundation. We guard against stereotypical, biased or offensive material relating to age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, religion, or other socio-economic factors.

Daniel Pearl Youth News does not publish everything received from interested contributors. Our editorial advisors are responsible for determining what is published. Our editorial advisors reserve the right to reject a news article or ask for further clarifications on any article that is perceived to contain biased, untruthful, or potentially offensive writing.

Our editorial advisors have the right to question any reporter and/or request verification from sources. We are careful about preventing plagiarism (copying someone else’s work and presenting it as your own), as it is an unethical practice that we do not tolerate.

We strive to ensure that our news articles and photographs do not misrepresent any person, event, or issue. We do not highlight nor ignore information to present a distorted news article.

We publish photographs only after receiving written permission from the concerned people, officials, or organizations. It is the responsibility of a reporter to get a consent form signed for all photographs used in a news article.

We do not alter or change photographs, except for reasons of clarity and presentation.

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
We are committed to the integrity and independence of Daniel Pearl Youth News.

Daniel Pearl Reporters do not accept payment, gifts, or any special favors or treatment in exchange for writing, editing, or publishing articles.

Daniel Pearl Reporters recognize that writing about activities that they are involved in as students (academic work, extra-curricular activities, or other community work) may lead to a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict.

Daniel Pearl Reporters realize that reporting news articles that involve family members, friends, and other people with whom they have close personal relationships, may also lead to conflicts of interest and are to be avoided.

If a Daniel Pearl Reporter believes he or she may have a conflict of interest, we will discuss it and make a collaborative decision to reassign the article.

Daniel Pearl Reporters gather facts for our news articles from reliable sources and verify their background as best they can to make sure that their information is fair and accurate.

Daniel Pearl Youth News does not publish facts obtained from anonymous sources. Daniel Pearl Reporters may use material from anonymous sources for research and background information; however, all facts presented in a Daniel Pearl Youth News article must be attributed to identified sources. We regard our news sources with the same respect as we do our readers. We are truthful and fair in our interactions with our sources.

We always identify ourselves as Daniel Pearl Reporters when interviewing a source. Under no circumstances do we pretend to be someone else or assume a false identity to gather information from a source.

By stating the association with Daniel Pearl Youth News, it is clear that the reporter is a student journalist and he or she will report the information obtained from the source with accuracy.

We report information as accurately as possible. If errors appear in Daniel Pearl Youth News articles, we correct the mistakes promptly. We make corrections in the online versions of our news articles as soon as we become aware of any mistakes. We also publish clarifications of errors in the “Corrections” section of our website.

Review Policy
Daniel Pearl Youth News articles should not be reviewed by any outside parties with a vested interest in the article, including school administrators, prior to its publication online. We respect school and local policies regarding republication and distribution of our news articles. If a Daniel Pearl Youth News article is censored or changed by officials due to school or local policies, we will announce this to our readers.