By posting this handbook online with special commenting software provided by Future of the Book we're turning a declaration into a conversation. We, the faculty of NYU Journalism, encourage you, our readers, to engage with our ideas by posting your opinions alongside the text. We'll be part of this digital conversation, which we expect will shape "NYU Journalism Handbook 2.0."

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first effort to open-source the debate about journalism ethics, by which we mean: inviting the public into our classrooms. If the public perceives journalists as largely untrustworthy and unworthy of respect, perhaps the one-way nature of the conversation—we speak, you listen—is partly to blame.

Putting this handbook online and inviting comments is our way to harness the wisdom of the Web, fostering the sort of vigorous debate Jefferson had in mind when he wrote, "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed."

—Prof. Adam L. Penenberg