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Citizen Reporter Agreement and Code of Ethics
OhmyNews (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2004-06-15 11:52 (KST)   

The OhmyNews Citizen Reporter's Agreement

1. I recognize the editorial authority of OhmyNews' in-house editing staff.
2. I will share all information about each of my articles with the OhmyNews editing staff.
3. I will not produce name cards stating that I am a citizen reporter of OhmyNews.
4. When an article I submit has or will be simultaneously submitted in another medium, I will clearly state this fact to the editorial staff.
5. I will accurately reveal the sources of all quotations of text.
6. Citizen reporters who work in the field of public relations or marketing will disclose this fact to their readers.
7. Legal responsibility for acts of plagiarism or unauthorized use of material lies entirely with the citizen reporter.
8. Legal responsibility for defamation in articles lie entirely with the citizen reporter.

The OhmyNews Reporter's Code of Ethics

1. The citizen reporter must work in the spirit that "all citizens are reporters," and plainly identify himself as a citizen reporter while covering stories.
2. The citizen reporter does not spread false information. He does not write articles based on groundless assumptions or predictions.
3. The citizen reporter does not use abusive, vulgar, or otherwise offensive language constituting a personal attack.
4. The citizen reporter does not damage the reputation of others by composing articles that infringe on personal privacy.
5. The citizen reporter uses legitimate methods to gather information, and clearly informs his sources of the intention to cover a story.
6. The citizen reporter does not use his position for unjust gain, or otherwise seek personal profit.
7. The citizen reporter does not exaggerate or distort facts on behalf of himself or any organization to which he belongs.
8. The citizen reporter apologizes fully and promptly for coverage that is wrong or otherwise inappropriate.
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