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EDITORIAL GUIDELINES APPROVED FOR
05 May 1996 08:40:05
95269 EDITORIAL GUIDELINES APPROVED FOR
PRESBYTERIAN NEWS SERVICE
By Julian Shipp
CINCINNATI--Following approval in July by the General Assembly Council
(GAC) and General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has become the
first mainline denomination to establish editorial guidelines for its news
The Advisory Committee for News was created by the GAC in February
1994 when it approved the report of its Communication Task Group. Committee
members were subsequently elected by the 206th General Assembly (1994) in
According to the Rev. John C.R. Silbert, Advisory Committee for News
chair from Murrysville, Pa., the committee was assigned two tasks: "to
ensure independence of the news" and to develop an editorial policy to
"guide the publication of news materials according to the standards of good
"We are breaking new ground as a mainline denomination," Silbert said.
"In fact, with these guidelines, [the Presbyterian Church] becomes the
first mainline denomination to establish news editorial guidelines and
we're very proud of that."
According to the guidelines, the Presbyterian News Service shall:
1. Report the facts accurately, clearly, fairly, impartially and promptly
to the church's members and to the world through appropriate media.
2. Respond to requests and inquiries about the church with accuracy,
clarity, fairness, impartiality and promptness,
3. Carry out its work with faithfulness, competence and sound judgement.
4. Maintain concern for the personal dignity of all sources and contacts.
5. Present the facts without interference, manipulation, incumbrance or
6. Exercise particular care that opinion writing does not compromise
7. Insist that the open meeting policy of the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) be upheld.
8. Adhere to the Statement of Ethics and Standards of Professional
Practice of the Associated Church Press (adpopted by the 1990 General
Committee members are Silbert; John Bolt, Dallas; Patricia G. Brown,
vice chair, Cincinnati; Virgil Griepp, Spokane, Wash.; the Rev. Vicki Fogel
Mykles, Ft. Collins, Colo.; and Deanna Clark (GAC liaison), Salt Lake City.
The Rev. James D. Brown, GAC executive director, and Gary Luhr GAC
associate director for communication, are ex-officio members. The Rev.
Jerry Van Marter, coordinator for News Services, is the designated staff
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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