The Society of Professional Journalists has a code of ethics.
As far as I know; it is as good as any and widely accepted by members of the press who are willing to be bound by ethics in the first place.
Like all codes of ethics; the SPJ CoE is unenforceable in a court of law and therefore, for all practical intents and purposes, unenforceable period.
All higher standards depend upon on self enforcement;
the character of the people involved.
Does Journal Editor in Chief Kent Walz subscribe to the journalists' code of ethics?
If this morning's editorial, link,
is any indication; he does not.
When the question is; are you willing
to be held honestly accountable to
higher standards of conduct than the
law, any answer except yes means no.
If you asked the editors of the Journal;
do you subscribe to the SPJ code of ethics;
they would say yes. Yes, we do subscribe.
It is a blatant violation of the journalists' code of ethics. But like I said, there's nowhere to lodge a complaint.
photos Mark Bralley