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SPJ Code of Ethics Song: "You've Got A Great Big Responsibility"

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Published on Apr 3, 2012

Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists and SPJ students of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lyrics below.

See more journalism ethics resources and full text of the SPJ Code of Ethics at http://spj.org/ethics.asp

See the Columbia University SPJ chapter's fun meeting minutes music videos at http://vimeo.com/user8574613/videos

Lyrics:
You've got a great big responsibility
To promote truth and justice, and democracy.
Be fair be honest, always show integrity.
And you won't go wrong in our society.

Sometimes it's not so easy
The world can be a pain
But if you question sources, seek new angles
You'll have so much to gain

Don't mislead anybody, don't misrepresent
Support the open exchange of views, even views you find repugnant
Give voice to the voiceless, keep track of the government
And don't plagiarize, you can get by with your own content

Sometimes you won't be popular
Some folks will get annoyed
But if you seek the truth and write it,
you'll always be employed!

Minimize harm and act independently.
Show compassion, respect, good taste, and sensitivity
Don't let your interests conflict, even if they're perceived.
And you won't go wrong in our Society.

Clarify and correct mistakes
And welcome public banter.
Watch for bad reporting
Hold yourself to a high standard.

You've got a great big responsibility
To promote truth and justice, and democracy.
Be fair be honest, always show integrity.
And you won't go wrong in our society.

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