Where blogging is journalism, ethics apply.


Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.
— Society of Professional Journalists

We honor the SPJ Code of Ethics. You can read the entire SPJ Code of Ethics here. The code is also under revision, and you may join the conversation here.

A little about how this looks here at The Kavanah Life:

1. You will see links in many of my posts. These are placed for full accuracy and attribution of discussion, as well as for your convenience. Unless specifically identified as affiliate links, I do not receive revenue for a link I've included in a blog post. You may see affiliate links in blog posts, but those will be listed in the tagline.

2. You will see display advertising on my site.

3. I do not write advertorial. This means I do not take money from companies to write about or review their products.

4. If a company has mailed me something for free and I choose to write about it, I will tell you.

5. We welcome comments on posts. However, we require civility and encourage full names to that end (or first initial with last name). It is your write to express your opinion. There is a difference between discussion/debate and disrespect. We reserve the right to refuse comments we believe are hateful or would otherwise breach the line of protected discourse.

6. We are critical of everything, even ourselves. We make mistakes. When we do, we will apologize.

7. We strive to tell the truth at all times and promote honest communication.

8. We seek independent verification of our sources and avoid anonymous sourcing. Anonymous sources are only approved on a case-by-case basis and reserved for extreme circumstances.

9. We credit everyone's contributions. (That's a lot of people:)

10. Should we be critical of someone or something, we always attempt to give people a chance to respond.

11. We take your questions and comments seriously. I mean it. Write us.