Code of Ethics for Bloggers

Barstool Sports

by Claudia Weaver, Mary Sansone, Kristian Catalan, and Mike Pascal

Barstool is a popular sports and men’s lifestyle blog that was funded in Boston by David Portney. They tell juicy stories about athletes and women. Their aim is toward the common man.

Here are the following codes that Bloggers at this site should follow.

(Our presentation will go into more detail)

Do No Harm

Minimize personal offending which connects with privacy. Know who you are aiming at and the results that can occur. Such as what celebrity athlete or girl is being targeted and how are they being shown. There are limit to what people can handle. In the literature, try not be biased and have your aims responsive to both sides. This is something that barstool sports does not consider at times.


Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.

Smokeshows; It could be ethically wrong for them to just take the pictures rather than ask that person if they could use them. Right to ask the permission

Tell the Truth

Be relevant and accountable for information given out. If the blog has something that might cause harm, have proof. There is freedom of speech letting the blog speak how they feel as necessary, but they must take into consideration of the whole society that is seeing this. Be transparent!

Stay Updated and Avoid Distractions

Advertising is a crucial way to get voices heard, but you cannot distract from aims. You must stay updated so that information can change and add to goals. This blog updates hourly which is good, but needs to make sure not to get in to the unimportant details or blowing up something no worthy.

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