Ethics Committee Programs

Ethics guide to preferred editorial practices

Read the latest version of the ASBPE guidelines — B2B Journalist Ethics: An ASBPE Guide to Best Practices — the most comprehensive guide in journalism.

Ethics Advisories

Free opinions issued by ASBPE’s Ethics Committee on ethical questions submitted by ASBPE members only that are not specifically addressed in our B2B Journalist Ethics: An ASBPE Guide to Best Practices. Anonymity honored upon request. Read how the program works and previous ethics advisories.

Ethics Chats

Free conference call discussions for ASBPE members about the ethics issues they face. Moderated by members of the ASBPE Ethics Committee.

Ethics Update

Original reporting and essays about topical business-to-business publishing ethics issues with a focus on solutions. See previous Ethics Updates.


B2B editors: You’re not immune to cries of fake or misleading news; Here’s how to be proactive

Trustworthy journalism is more important than ever now. Misleading information abounds, especially in today’s fast-expanding digital publishing environment.

Merely calling for journalists to practice solid journalism is not enough. Editors must also do more to teach our colleagues new and better techniques for winning and keeping trust among our audiences. Further, we have an ethical obligation to explain both to our readers and our advertisers what we are doing to improve trustworthiness and how to recognize those improvements in our work.

Business-to-business publications—along with all other news media—must stay ahead of the game or risk losing their audience, their advertising, and their own good reputation.

The articles in this ASBPE’s Ethics Update below bring this theme to the fore with practical solutions.

If you don’t have an ethics code, develop one quickly or adopt our code: “B2B Journalist Ethics: An ASBPE Guide to Best Practices.

These are serious times. They call for a serious response on our part.

For more about this ethics update, contact the Ethics Committee.

Actively seeking volunteers

The ASBPE Ethics Committee needs you if you are

1) ethics savvy,
2) willing to write a B2B ethics-related article a 2-3 times a year, and
3) willing to provide occasional advice to your colleagues.

Want to know more?
Please contact the Ethics Committee.

Ethics Committee Members:

Warren Hersch
Business Journalist
Bridget Botelho
Editorial Director
Business Applications & Info Management
J.D. Hildebrand
Editor, Writer, Trainer, Consultant
Roy Harris
Journalist and Author;
Member, Board of Directors, ASBPE
Howard Rauch
President, Editorial Solutions, Inc.


For more information about the ASBPE Ethics Committee, please contact us.

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