Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
Colleen Buhrer, managing editor
J.J. Babb, design managing editor
Kyle Endres, campus editor
Patrick Crossland, state/regional editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
For a priest, his Bible and his application of the Bible is his
verification of his occupation and for people to take his word. For
newspapers, our bible is our code of ethics. Without it, there is
no reason why readers should read and/or believe any word in our
paper. It is what separates us from other print sources and our
application of our code of ethics gives us verification to readers
who read The Collegian.
We use our code as our source to be independent, accurate and
fair to our readers, sources and advertisers, it also helps keep us
from ending up in court. Recently our code has come under fire,
both internally and externally, and just as if you ask a priest
about passages in the Bible, our code is binding. We do not make
exceptions or look the other way; we expect more from ourselves and
so should you.
Our code gives readers reassurance when they read their student
paper. It allows readers to look at our photographs without
worrying about alterations or to read our news stories and columns
without worrying about bias or the newspaper withholding
The Student Media Code of Ethics includes eight guiding
principles: seek the truth, strive for objectivity and fairness,
minimize harm, be accurate, act independently, be professional,
practice integrity and be accountable.
Outlined in these guiding principles include: forbidding our
reporters from taking gifts or money, forbidding alterations to
photographs unless it is a photo illustration and conflicts of
For example, a student is not allowed to work for Student Media
if he or she works for the Associated Students of CSU, which
includes appointed positions in the Association for Student
Activity Programming. All employees are required to disclose any
conflicts of interest that pertain to their columns.
To not follow these codes 100 percent every time is to do wrong
and amounts to lying to our readers.
You should not expect anything less from us.