We seek to equip individuals and communities with the news and information they need to make wise decisions.

This service-oriented approach includes a commitment to minimize harm, especially to vulnerable stakeholders, in the course of telling as much of the truth as possible.


We report the news in ways that reflect its importance to the community and the news consumers that we serve.


In practical terms, this means we don’t content ourselves with shining light on problems but also work hard to uncover solutions useful to the communities we serve

As a solution-oriented organization and we only increase our value to our members, our communities and the news consumers that we serve.

The Fourth Estate’s Core Journalism Principles, Standards and Practices is an evolving statement and by its very nature cannot be a complete articulation of all ethical obligations. These precepts are the result of an on-going dialogue between the journalism profession and society, and as such, is subject to continuous review.

Although journalism ethics and the law are closely related, they are not the same. Journalism’s ethical obligations may—and often do—exceed legal duties. In resolving any ethical problem not explicitly covered by these precepts, journalists should consider the ethical principles, society’s needs and interests, and any applicable laws.