Guidelines and codes of conduct for journalists

Journalistic Codes, Standards and Guidelines

Professional Journalistic Standards and Code of Ethics (see also here) in Europe, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia

CONCORD Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development. Its 26 national associations, 18 international networks and 1 associate member represent 1,800 NGOs. (The code is designed for NGDOs but is also of relevance to journalists.)

Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images & Messages used in development coverage

Dóchas is the Irish association of non-governmental development organisations. (The code is designed for NGDOs but is also of relevance to journalists.)

National Union of Journalists (NUJ), UNHCR, Irish Refugee Council Reporting on Refugees: Guidance by and for Journalists [PDF]

NUJ Guidelines for reporting HIV [PDF]

The guidelines include a thorough introduction about HIV. The NUJ recommends finding out more information on the HIV epidemic in the particular country or region which is being reported on and in which the report will be read. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa the epidemic began mainly through heterosexual sex and HIV continues to be transmitted mainly heterosexually.

The Media and Children’s Rights

Commissioned by UNICEF and based on the practical experience of working journalists, The Media and Children’s Rights resource is an attempt to assist media professionals and others to consider how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child might impact upon the way children are represented in and by the media.


Manual for investigative journalists: Free manual available in English, French and due to be published in Arabic.

The International Journalists' Network has a YouTube page with journalism training videos.

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