Code of Integrity
WYSU-FM Endorses the Public Media Code of Ethics
An up-to-date copy of this code can be found on the Public Media Code of Integrity website: www.codeofintegrity.org.
broadcasters have adopted shared principles to strengthen the trust and
integrity that communities expect of valued public service
Public media organizations contribute to a strong
civil society and active community life, provide access to knowledge and
culture, extend education, and offer varied viewpoints and
The freedom of public media professionals to make
editorial decisions without undue influence is essential. It is rooted
in America's commitment to free speech and a free press. It is reflected
in the unique and critical media roles that federal, state, and local
leaders have encouraged and respected across the years. It is affirmed
by the courts.
Trust is equally fundamental. Public media
organizations create and reinforce trust through rigorous, voluntary
standards for the integrity of programming and services, fundraising,
community interactions, and organizational governance.
standards of integrity apply to all the content public media
organizations produce and present, regardless of subject matter,
including news, science, history, information, music, arts, and culture.
These standards apply across all public media channels and platforms -
broadcasting, online, social media, print, media devices, and in-person
Public media, individually and collectively:
to communities' civic, educational, and cultural life by presenting a
range of ideas and cultures and offering a robust forum for discussion
Commit to accuracy and integrity in the pursuit of
facts about events, issues, and important matters that affect
communities and people's lives.
Pursue fairness and
responsiveness in content and services, with particular attention to
reflecting diversity of demography, culture, and beliefs.
for transparency in news gathering, reporting, and other content
creation and share the reasons for important editorial and programming
Protect the editorial process from the fact and
appearance of undue influence, exercising care in seeking and accepting
funds and setting careful boundaries between contributors and content
Encourage understanding of fundraising operations and
practices, acknowledge program sponsors, and disclose content-related
terms of sponsor support.
- Maintain respectful and accountable relationships with individual and organizational contributors.
editorial partnerships and collaborations to enhance capacity,
perspective, timeliness, and relevance and apply public media standards
to these arrangements.
Expect employees to uphold public media's
integrity in their personal as well as their professional lives,
understanding that employee actions, even when "off the clock," affect
trust, integrity, credibility, and impartiality.
common good, the public interest, and these commitments to integrity and
trustworthiness in organizational governance, leadership, and
The Public Media Code of Integrity was developed
by the Affinity Group Coalition and the Station Resource Group,
collectively representing public television and radio stations and
service organizations from across the country, with support from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.