Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the push of breaking news and complicated science. To ground yourself in what you're all about as a journalist, check out the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics. The bottom line? "Seek truth and report it."
Why view the world in black, brown and white when reality is so much more varied? Reporters who understand the world solely through the prism of race not only limit their vision, but also often misinterpret what they are seeing. Dori J. Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, Calif., teaches journalists to look more deeply and effectively into society through a framework called "faultlines."
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You can find a statement of principles that addresses the challenges in covering complex health care topics in this article
It makes sense to be aware and respectful of a person's culture and heritage when you are reporting on them. To start, you can be careful that you use accurate and fair terminology. For some help on what words to use when, try the excellent resources listed here.