What were your questions and how did the Ethics chairman answer them?
1. I wanted to know the names of the subcommittee members and who exactly is making decisions. I got a list of names with no context. I don’t know who some of them are.
2. I wanted the Ethics chair to respond to criticism of the Code from digital media blogger Steve Buttry. The reply: “I’m not going to share comments regarding Buttry’s blog.”
3. I want to know exactly who’s deciding on the final draft and when they’re doing it. I want to be there for it – I assume it’s an open discussion. But the Ethics chair’s reply contained unhelpful comments like this: “Personally, I’d liked to have seen us resolve more normative ethics questions as it relates to principles, but the committee was rightfully focus on applied ethical guidelines.”
…why don’t you run for the ONA board instead? Don’t imagine you got lots of friends on the SPJ board this very early Tuesday morning.
1. Because the ONA board has contested elections, I think. This is my third term on the SPJ board, and I’ve never drawn opposition. Maybe now I will.
2. Some SPJ leaders have come to *me*. They’ve asked if I knew what was going on, but they don’t feel like speaking up because of the crap that usually follows. I revel in the crap.
Exactly how many “SPJ leaders” have come to you? Be honest.
Only three out of the 23 members of the SPJ board and 29 members of the SDX board. Then again, those are just the disenchanted leaders willing to talk to me – and I’m a jerk. There must be others who hate the Ethics Code process and me equally.
I’m a former member of SPJ, so I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I appreciate your efforts on this. Problems with SPJ leadership go way, way back.
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Here’s the link to Steve Buttry’s original commentary on the SPJ’s process and language: http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/spjs-ethics-code-update-proposal-just-a-few-tweaks/
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