International social media guidelines for journalists

Updated July 2018

This is a curated list of public-facing social media policies available in the Australia; Britain; Canada; Ireland, Italy, Spain and the U.S.

This page is intended to help newsrooms and educators inform new and student journalists of best practices around social media.

*The guidelines must be publicly available online to be included*

ABC Australia Exhaustive and excellent Older version 

Agence France Presse  Updated version Older version

Associated Press Exhaustive and excellent – particularly on retweets. Bookmark

BBC  In a nutshell: “Don’t do anything stupid.”

BuzzFeed First to include “selfie” advice!

CBC Canada Updated 2017 

CAJ Canada Last updated 2011

ESPN Must for aspiring sports journos Updated 2017 

Globe and Mail  Updated 2017

IPSO UK Independent Press Standards Organization Updated 2016

La Stampa, Italy In Italian. 🙂 English translation (Thank you to Alessandro Cappai) Updated 2016

New York Times Updated 2017

NPR Comprehensive and clear.

PRISA, Spain. In Spanish 🙂


RTÉ Updated 2013 – very general guidance – unlikely to be full staff version

RTDNA No date

SKY News 2014/2015

Washington Post Last updated 2011  Article about proposed (and contested) changes 2017

Wall Street Journal 2009 Memo to WSJ Staff 2017