Guides and Resources

The National NewsMedia Council does not impose its own code of practice. Instead, it expects members to adhere to their own or to generally-accepted journalistic  standards, practices, and ethics. We’ve compiled several resources from other organizations to help journalists navigate news media ethics and standard practices in their work. These resources may be of particular use for journalists covering difficult or sensitive topics.

  • Ethnic media and diversity style guide
    New Canadian Media: Ethnic Media & Diversity Style Guide

    Similar to the Canadian Press Style Guide, New Canadian Media's Ethnic Media Style Guide reflects the cultural diversity of Canada.

  • A journalist's guide to working with social sources
    A Journalist's Guide to Working with Social Sources

    Developed by Claire Wardle, co-founder of the Eyewitness Media Hub, and research director at Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, this guide provides guidance to journalists on how to handle material uploaded to social media channels, such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Whatsapp, or streams appearing via Periscope or Facebook Live.

  • The Canadian association of Journalists Guidelines
    The Canadian Association of Journalists: Ethics Guidelines

    The CAJ's widely cited Ethics Guidelines are intended to help both seasoned professionals and new journalists to hold themselves accountable for professional work. This guide seeks to provide examples of the application of general ethical principles, and to help journalists apply those principles and their best judgment when faced with scenarios not covered here.

  • Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma: Reporting on Mental Health

    Produced by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, this guidebook provides journalists with best practices on how to handle a wide-array of often socially stigmatized subjects. Chapters in this guide include: how to report on addiction and mental health, reporting on suicide, covering Indigenous Peoples, and self-care strategies for journalists who have experienced traumatic events in the course of this day-to-day work.

  • Best Practices: Child welfare journalism

    Developed by the collaborative journalism project Spotlight: Child Welfare, this guide contains tips for journalists covering child welfare issues, including best practices for interviewing youth, parents and others who are directly affected by the child welfare system.

  • The Diversity Style Guide

    The Diversity Style Guide is an American resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. The guide contains more than 700 terms related to race/ethnicity, disability, immigration, sexuality and gender identity, drugs and alcohol, and geography.

  • Plagiarism and attribution

    The Online News Association, a non-profit organization made up of more 2,000 members. It is the world’s largest association of digital journalists.

  • Overdose crisis reporting style guide

    Journalists play a vital role in educating the public, politicians, and policymakers during emergencies threatening the public's health. This guide is an evidence-based resource to assist journalists in reporting responsibly, reliably, and accurately about the current drug crisis.