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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.
  • Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
  • Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
  • Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
  • Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
  • Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
  • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
  • 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.
  • Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
  • Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
  • 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.
  • Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
  • 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.
  • Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

My prayerful thoughts...

I'm guilty oh so guilty. My whole entire career was a fraud. I've voilated every journalistic ethic under the sun and thensome. The horror...................What was I thinking. I'm so sorry, sorry to everyone. What can I do know, my carrer reputation,'s over.

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: Jack Kelly
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  • My Media Employer: USA Today