Seek Truth and Report it as Fully as Possible

  • Inform yourself continuously so you in turn can inform, engage, and educate the public in a clear and compelling way on significant issues.

  • Be honest, fair, and courageous in gathering, reporting, and interpreting accurate information.

  • Give voice to the voiceless.

  • Hold the powerful accountable.
Act Independently

  • Guard vigorously the essential stewardship role a free press plays in an open society.

  • Seek out and disseminate competing perspectives without being unduly influenced by those who would use their power or position counter to the public interest.

  • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise your integrity or damage your credibility.

  • Recognize that good ethical decisions require individual responsibility enriched by collaborative efforts.
Minimize Harm

  • Be compassionate for those affected by your actions.

  • Treat sources, subjects, and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect, not merely as means to your journalistic ends.

  • Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort, but balance those negatives by choosing alternatives that maximize your goal of truthtelling.