My Confession

I am sharing my Confession with you.

My choice of among three types of Confession is indicated below:

  • A
    Confess but remain anonymous; confession is not posted. (It's a start)
  • B
    Confess, remain anonymous, but confession is posted for others to read, to make comment and to learn from by example. (Bless you)
  • C
    Mea Culpa , the "Cadillac" of confessions - you name yourself as source and post your confession for others to read and to make comment. (There's definitely a special place in heaven for you.)

My lapses in Journalistic Faith are atoned by the following Tenets:

  • Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
  • Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
  • Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
  • Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
  • Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
  • Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.
  • Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged news events. If re-enactment is necessary to tell a story, label it.
  • Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story
  • Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
  • Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
  • Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
  • Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
  • Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
  • Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
  • Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
  • Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
  • Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
  • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
  • Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
  • Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.
  • Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
  • Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
  • Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.

My prayerful thoughts...

Where do I start. I way in over my head. It all happened so quick. Instead of making the best out of the opportunity of a lifetime, I blew it and became a drug fiend. Why oh Why................................ By book sales wonder...........I was just trying to make a quick buck. Maybe I need to go no a relaity TV show to clear my name.

I promise to visit the following links as part of my Penance:

My Ethical Rosary Beads

Forgive me for I have lapsed in my adherence to the Tenents of Journalists faith.

  • My Name: Jayson Blair
  • My Email:
  • My Media Employer: New York Times