The mission of the Fourth Estate is to contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting, and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.
The only sustainable free press is an ethical free press.
The Fourth Estate recognizes three core principles that are fundamental to the ethical practice of journalism:
- Reporting the TRUTH
- Ensuring TRANSPARENCY
- Serving the COMMUNITY
These three principles form the basis of a more detailed Code of Practice for anyone seeking to create ethical, principled journalism, regardless of their background, employment status, or means of delivery.
This code is equally relevant for professional journalists and for those outside the profession who are seeking to report honestly and fairly on the events and issues relevant to their community.
The first section of this code spells out each of the standards.
The second section explains the practical steps you should take at every stage of the work you do as a journalist to ensure that you abide by these standards.