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The Archives include both materials developed by Editorial Integrity for Public Media and by others working in public broadcasting and public media.

Working Group Papers

These papers, drafted by teams of public media professionals and advisors, formed the background for the Public Media Code of Integrity.

Principles of Public Media
Developing a Code of Transparency
Funding and Firewalls
Transparency in Fundraising
Editorial Partnerships
Public Media Ethics Never Log Off
Adopting and Strengthening Local Policies 

Integrity Roundtable

In October 2011 public media leaders, professors of journalism and media ethics, and others gathered at the point of transition from our working group recommendations to development of a shared Code.

Meeting Participants
Summary of Meeting

Documents from Public Media’s National Organizations


“The Accountable Guardian”
“Objectivity & Balance: Today’s Best Practices in American Journalism”
“Objectivity and Balance: Conceptual and Practical History in American Journalism”
“Objectivity & Balance: How Do Readers and Viewers of News and Information Reach Conclusions Regarding Objectivity and Balance?”


PBS Editorial Standards June 24, 2011
Report of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee
PBS.ORG what-the-spotus-community-thinks-of-objectivity243


NPR Ethics Handbook 2012
Independence and Integrity II
NPR Social Media Guidelines


Public Radio News Directors Guide

Thinking Integrity – Views from Colleagues

James Steinbach, “Rights, Roles and Responsibility”
Lauren J. Strayer, “Building a Digital Democracy Through Public Media”
FAQs: Public Media
“Freedom of Expression In Public Broadcasting”
Raul Ramirez, “Foundations, Funding, and Independence”
David Fanning, Loper Lecture Annenberg School, USC 2009
David Fanning Speech at Fred Friendly First Amendment Award 2011
Morgan Holm, “To set expectation for upholding ethics, build a culture of discussion”
Michael Arnold, “Responsibility for Building Trust in Local Stations Starts at the Top”
Kelly McBride, “Pubmedia leaders should seek ‘creative ways’ to explore country’s deep divisions”


KET Candidate Exclusion District Court Decision

Wingspread Conference

25 years before the Editorial Integrity Project, public broadcasting leaders – especially those working within state agencies and major universities – worked to develop principles of independence and integrity. These materials document that process and the resulting Statement of Principles.

Wingspread Conference on Editorial Integrity in Public Broadcasting Participants
Editorial Integrity in Public Broadcasting – Proceedings of the Wingspread Conference
Statement of Principles of Editorial Integrity in Public Broadcasting 1985