Chapter 12 feels a lot like common sense. The law won’t always protect you. You are responsible for your verbal actions – which have consequences. An invasion of privacy isn’t cool. Ninety-nine percent of the time you have a boss to answer to that won’t let you publish anything you want – people have standards. With that being said – follow your moral compass. If there is a story that needs to be published and the higher powers that be won’t let you publish it – find another way to get it out there that won’t get you in trouble. Send it to someone who can publish it.
Ethics contain common principles that are true in more areas than writing and reporting, I think it boils down to what kind of person or writer you want to be. However, you will make it much farther being honest, accountable and transparent, than someone selfish and dishonest.