The Society of Professional Journalist's Code of Ethics is one I will inherently follow as I'm in the process in attaining a career in the field of Journalism. As a journalist, your words are published and/or spoken and read/heard amongst millions. The kind of person you are is critical in reflecting your credibility. As an aspiring radio personality, I desire to be not only humorous and entertaining, but also present myself professionally, as any journalist should. Just because I strive to represent the entertainment side of journalism, it doesn’t mean I shouldn't possess the similar qualities a journalist covering hard news would demonstrate. My ethical priorities include maintaining my promises with my colleagues, bosses, interviewees, peers, listeners, etc. It's critical to establish not only professional relations with your colleagues, but personal ones as well. In that case, whether the promise be professional or personal, one should be cautious when making promises, but keep promises they make. I also intend to protect my intellectual property. Being in the radio industry means being creative and coming up with original content to keep your listeners entertained. Another ethical priority I possess for myself is to always be genuine. When it comes to entertainment journalism, you may encounter tons of tabloids and clickbait articles, leading to a lot of falsity in media today. In the entertainment journalism world, many focus on tarnishing the reputations of prominent celebrities for their own benefit because they're willing to do anything for ratings. I, however, strive to discuss the good and showcase authenticity throughout my career and hope my audience will value that notion.
-- Lupita Villarreal