The in­tegrity and im­par­tial­ity of the jour­nal­ists at Colorado Pub­lic Ra­dio

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - By Kel­ley Grif­fin Re:

Jon Cal­dara, pres­i­dent of the In­de­pen­dence In­sti­tute, re­cently at­tacked Colorado Pub­lic Ra­dio’s cred­i­bil­ity as an im­par­tial Colorado news source in an opin­ion col­umn in The Den­ver Post.

As vice pres­i­dent of CPR News, I’d like to set the record straight.

I’ve worked for CPR for 24 years — 11 of them as head of the news­room. I don’t ask how my staff voted. Our hir­ing process pro­hibits us from ask­ing about ide­o­log­i­cal pref­er­ences, much less hir­ing peo­ple based on their re­sponses. Plus, it’s sim­ply im­ma­te­rial to be­ing a jour­nal­ist at CPR.

Per­sonal pref­er­ences and opin­ions are not the fo­cus of any story we do. Our job is to seek in­put from the com­mu­nity, thor­oughly ex­plore the most im­por­tant is­sues im­pact­ing all Coloradans us­ing a range of sources, and pro­vide con­text on what those is­sues mean for our state.

This ap­proach is re­flected in a strict code of ethics that CPR News staff are re­quired to fol­low, which ex­ists to pro­tect and sup­port the in­tegrity, im­par­tial­ity and con­duct of our jour­nal­ists. This in­cludes:

•Be­ing free of obli­ga­tion to any in­ter­est other than the pub­lic’s right to know the truth.

• Striv­ing to present the course or na­ture of news ma­te­rial in a way that is com­plete, ac­cu­rate and fair.

• Show­ing re­spect for the dig­nity, pri­vacy, rights and well-be­ing of peo­ple en­coun­tered in the course of gath­er­ing the news.

I be­lieve that our re­port­ing rep­re­sents these prin­ci­ples, and I stand by the qual­ity and im­par­tial­ity of our work.

As a com­mu­nity re­source held ac­count- able to our mis­sion by those we serve — the Colorado com­mu­nity it­self — we in­vite the pub­lic to eval­u­ate our con­tent at cpr.org and judge for them­selves. We’ll gladly take com­ments and feed­back via our web­site or on so­cial me­dia.

Kel­ley Grif­fin is vice pres­i­dent of Colorado Pub­lic Ra­dio News.

Andy Cross, The Den­ver Post

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