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I need some assistance on how to structure a code of ethics system of inquiry for the Society of Professional Journalists. Their code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists is attached.

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Develop a system of inquiry to be used in evaluating decision-making, problem solving, and behavior in a business setting. This model should include a basic framework as well as a discussion of why, how, when, and by whom it is used. Consider how you would implement the code, possible reactions to the code from employees, and the effect the code would have on the organization. Then write a 1700-word paper discussing your system of inquiry in detail.

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Please see response below, as well as one article that lists many different professional systems of inquiries. I hope this helps and take care.

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Hi,

Interesting essay question! Let's take a closer look through discussion and illustrative examples of systems of inquiry and ethics dilemmas in journalism, which you can then draw on to develop your system of inquiry.

1. I need some assistance on how to structure a code of ethics system of inquiry for the Society of Professional Journalists. Their code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists is attached.

System of inquiry is also referred to as a decision-making model or paradigm.

Many professional codes of ethics include a system of inquiry, which is an ethical decision-making model to use when making decisions. This is important so that all decisions are in line with the principles of the professional code of ethics, which you use as guiding principles in all decision-making. In other words, you would use the step-by-step decision making model to analyze your business decisions, and it is especially useful and imperative when you have an ethical dilemma kind of problem to address e.g., conflicting values might necessitate an in-depth analysis of the problem, alternatives, consequences to all stakeholder, ethical principles that come into play and the consequences of the decisions, and then based on the analyzes make the 'best' or 'right' decision based on the information available to you while keeping within the guidelines of the principles listed in your code of ethics.

When developing a system of inquiry, one approach is to look at illustrative examples of existing systems of inquiries that you can use as exemplars to develop your own system of inquiry specific to your profession. Some professions, however, allow the use of existing systems of inquiries, as the main point is to use some form of system of inquiry to access your business decisions in terms of ethics (e.g. what is the right thing to do given the situation and based on the ethical principles of my profession?) using the ethical principles listed in the professional code of ethics as guiding principles in the decision-making process.

Let's look at three examples. The first one seems the most comprehensive and useful (my opinion), although the third illustrative example is specific to Journalism.

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE ONE: An Ethical Decision-Making Model
(Source: Josephson Institute of Ethics. "Five Steps of Principled Reasoning." 1999.)

1. Clarify.
a. Determine precisely what must be decided.
b. Formulate and devise the full range of alternatives.
c. Eliminate patently impractical, illegal and improper alternatives.
d. Force yourself to develop at least three ethically justifiable options.
e. Examine each option to determine which ethical principles and values are involved.

2. Evaluate.
a. If any of the options requires the sacrifice of any ethical principle, evaluate the facts and assumptions carefully.
b. Distinguish solid facts from beliefs, desires, theories, suppositions, unsupported conclusions, opinions, and rationalizations.
c. Consider the credibility ...

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Based on the the ethical code for Society of Professional Journalists, this solution provides assistance and information in creating a system of inquiry to be used in evaluating decision-making, problem solving, and behavior in a business setting, including a discussion of why, how, when, and by whom it is used.

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