The Talossan Press Association (TPA) is dedicated to the promotion of the press and media of Talossa. The TPA provides opportunities for journalists and others interested in the media to learn about new developments and debate the latest issues concerning the Talossan media industry.
The TPA was founded in 2009 by Éovart Grischun and was the direct successor to the Talossan Press Club, which had lay dormant for several years. Grischun served as the Association’s chairperson from its founding in 2009 until August 2013. The current chairperson is Sevastáin Pinátsch who was tapped for succession by the previous chairman Munditenens Tresplet.
In the past, our discussions have not only been on matters of the importance to journalism, but to the furtherance and protection of free speech throughout the world.
The Association has also organized journalistic exhibitions, as well as administering highly prestigious annual Talossan Journalism Awards, including ‘Journalist of the Year’, ‘Best Article of the Year’ and ‘The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Award for Fine Writing’.
The TPA Endorsed Journalistic Code
The TPA encourages Talossan journalists to voluntarily embrace the following guidelines and Code of Ethics, regardless of place or platform. The code is intended not as a set of “rules” but as a resource for ethical decision-making when reporting. The TPA holds at its core the belief in the free flow of information. These guidelines are here to aid in the free flow of information via the Talossan Press and only are here to assist in an unhampered flow. At times, some guidelines may be overlooked to get to the core of a story.
- Journalists should act in an honest and fair manner when reporting news and should treat sources, subjects and audiences with respect. Do not become arrogant when seeking news. Be especially sensitive and compassionate when reporting news dealing with children and those affected by grief or tragedy. Recognize the right of privacy whenever possible; unnecessary intrusion is never warranted.
- Take efforts to verify your sources before reporting news. Identify your sources when possible as your audience is entitled to information on your sources’ reliability. Don’t break promises of anonymity of sources. Try to provide your subjects an opportunity for rebuttal.
- Do not allow your news material to misrepresent a situation and never falsify photos or videos, unless you make clear that it has been done for effect. This does not apply to satirical cartoons and jokes. Never plagiarize and always give credit for quotations.
- Avoid stereotyping of any nature.
- Take efforts to ensure that your outlet has a complaints procedure and take efforts to ensure procedures for remedial action. When you have made a mistake in your reporting, efforts should be made to admit, apologize and rectify said mistakes.
The Talossan Press Association is committed to the encouragement of unbiased and reliable news reporting within the Nation, thus we offer an Affiliate Members Scheme. Journalists, Bloggers, Broadcasters and Media Publications and Outlets that display the ‘TPA Affiliate Member’s Seal’ follow the guidelines and code of ethics endorsed by us. If you see this seal then you can be sure that the media outlet is following measures to try and be as unbiased as possible and is a reliable source of News.
The Association welcomes as members those with an interest in journalism and the media including past and present journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, printers, designers, cartoonists, etc. As a member, one receives the regular Newsletter.
Affiliate publications and individual members can also call for the assistance of the association in legal matters, including libel cases.
To inquire about membership, or for any other questions, please PM Sevastáin Pinátsch on Wittenberg.