College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Journalism Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Journalism



Primary Advisor

Tony Prado, College of Liberal Arts, Journalism Department


The following is a study into students' perceptions of codes of conduct in student media organizations. Codes of conduct in a media setting have long been a focus of research, but little research has been done into their application in a student media environment. Student media organizations operate in a unique setting where they are entirely staffed by novice reporters. These organizations double as training grounds for students and as legitimate news sources. This study seeks to analyze this phenomenon by interviewing student media members. The goal of this study is to understand what current students seek in a code of conduct and what they believe a code of conduct to be. Student journalists from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Mustang Media Group were asked questions pertaining to codes of conduct. Their responses were then analyzed to better understand what current student journalists beliefs pertaining to codes of conduct were. This study concludes by making recommendations for how a student media code of conduct should be applied. This study helps explain the hazards potential conduct codes have in a student media setting, and what student journalists view as ethical.