This handbook also applies to material that comes to NPR from independent producers, member station journalists, outside writers, commentators and visual journalists.
In cases where such contributors make statements of fact, those statements must be as accurate as anything else broadcast or published by NPR.
We expect outside contributors to be free of conflicts of interest, to be fair and to perform their work in a manner consistent with NPR’s ethical principles.
All NPR journalists should read and follow the guidance in this handbook.
Those who work for shows, podcasts and programming that are not part of the News division should understand that these principles apply to them as well.
Others at NPR whose work touches our journalism and programming, or who have “outward-facing” jobs that put them in contact with the public, should be familiar with these guidelines.
When in doubt about how this handbook applies to you, consult a supervisor and the standards & practices editor.
At the same time, NPR editors and producers should make sure that outside contributors are familiar with the principles laid out in this handbook, and that those contributors are living up to NPR’s standards.
There may be instances when an outside contributor can do things that appear to go against the guidance in this handbook.
A music critic, for example, may be able to publicly express opinions about news events — something an NPR journalist should avoid.
Supervisors will judge whether such actions present problems on a case-by-case basis.
Among those who may be part of such discussions: the senior vice president of News, the vice president of News, the executive editor of News and the standards & practices editor.