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Don't let the fact that this is a quiz fool you -- ethics are not about being correct or incorrect -- they are about understanding beliefs and values. What we've assembled here are ethical dilemmas that high school journalists might face, with explanations about the generally accepted answers shared by some leaders in scholastic media education. But all of the scenarios here have gray areas, where your answer might change if you had more information, or if the situation were just slightly different.

That is the most important aspect of journalism ethics. It's not enough to know right or wrong; it's more pertinent that you buy into the rationale journalists use when making tough decisions. So think long and hard before making a choice on each of these questions. Consider all of the "what if" variables that might change your answer. And never feel as though you have to make ethical decisions in a vacuum -- involve other members of your staff, as well as your teacher, when talking about ethics. That discussion is probably the most valuable way to develop your own ethical beliefs.