Springdale Schools to Add Ethics Code After Har-Ber Controversy


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — In our continuing coverage, Springdale Public Schools have now created an ethics code following the controversy of a Har-Ber High School publication.

Student media will now have to follow 14 pages of new rules.

Right now these pages are in a draft form, created by students and teachers together to foster a better understanding of what it means to be an ethical journalist.
Trent Jones, the director of media at Springdale Public Schools, said this is the first time things like responsibility, accuracy and accountability have been physically outlined.
This comes after an article published by students at Har-Ber High School caused their entire newspaper to be suspended.
“So we took this situation and we empowered our teachers to build their own future to let them drive the bus and to say, ‘Here’s who we are,’ and, ‘This is how our industry works,'” Jones said. 
Jones also said he hopes to fully implement this code in August of this year.

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