As a new public relations practitioner, you may find yourself in situations where you are not sure what to do, or worse, you know that what you are being asked to do is unethical.

This quick list will help to learn the basics of ethical PR practices and provide a variety of resources to ensure that you start and maintain your career with a focus on practicing ethical standards.

You have a responsibility to uphold the professionalism of the PR industry. Your peers, clients, and customers, (including citizens, constituents, and journalists) will hold you to a higher standard. Make sure that you are meeting their expectations in your daily practice.

Topics, ideas, and values that you need to be keenly aware of if you are going to call yourself a public relations professional are:

  • Professional Values
  • Advocacy
  • Honesty
  • Expertise
  • Independence
  • Loyalty
  • Fairness
  • Free Flow of Information
  • Competition
  • Disclosure of Information
  • Safeguarding Confidences
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Enhancing the Profession
  • Diversity

Steps that you need to take to ensure you are conducting yourself and your business in an ethical manner include:

Professional resources for practicing PR with high ethical standards: