The Wall Street Journal has published a set of guidelines for its journalists on how to conduct themselves on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
“Business and pleasure should not be mixed on services like Twitter,” the code warns.
“Common sense should prevail, but if you are in doubt about the appropriateness of a Tweet or posting, discuss it with your editor before sending.”
Rules include: “Don’t discuss articles that haven’t been published, meetings you’ve attended or plan to attend with staff or sources, or interviews that you’ve conducted.”
And: “Sharing your personal opinions, as well as expressing partisan political views, whether on Dow Jones sites or on the larger web, could open us to criticism that we have biases and could make a reporter ineligible to cover topics in the future for Dow Jones.”