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Preamble

The Journalism Code of Practice

The mission of the Fourth Estate is to contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting, ...

Engagement

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Engagement with the public ensures that journalism remains open, accessible, collaborative, and p...

Community

Core Journalism Principles The Principles

Principle
 We seek to equip individuals and communities with the news and information they need ...

Transparency

Core Journalism Principles The Principles

Principle
 We regard transparency about how we work as the best evidence of the reliability of o...

Truth

Core Journalism Principles The Principles

Principle
 We do our best to report the truth in as much complexity, diversity and clarity...

Introduction

Core Journalism Principles

The following represent the principles, standards and practices that the Fourth Estate aspires to...

About the Code

The Journalism Code of Practice

The Journalism Code of Practice is principally authored by Alan Sunderland — as Journalism Advoca...

Copyright

The Journalism Code of Practice

The Journalism Code of Practice by the  Fourth Estate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attrib...

Accountability

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Accountability is essential to the ethical practice of journalism and the maintenance of the publ...

Harm Minimization

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Journalists must always remember that they are dealing with human lives. The potential for public...

Finding a Story

The Journalism Code of Practice The Standards in Practice

The most important reason to cover any story is that it is relevant and newsworthy to the communi...

Integrity

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Integrity in journalism ensures that people and organizations uphold the values of journalism, al...

Impartiality

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Impartiality means not being prejudiced towards or against any particular ideology, idea, or prec...

Independence

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Independence from state control, business interests, market forces, or any other vested interest ...

Accuracy

The Journalism Code of Practice The Ethical Standards of Journalism

Accuracy, moreso than exclusivity or timeliness, is the overriding value of journalism.  Ensure...

A Final Word on “Opinion”

The Journalism Code of Practice

All of the ethical standards outlined above relate to factual reporting, where it is important fo...

After the story

The Journalism Code of Practice The Standards in Practice

One of the key principles of journalism is to be accountable to the community you serve, and this...

Publishing/Broadcasting/Sharing a Story

The Journalism Code of Practice The Standards in Practice

Inevitably, when it comes time to write or record your work, decisions need to be made. Editing w...

Preparing a Story

The Journalism Code of Practice The Standards in Practice

Once you begin working on a story, you need to gather and assess information in a way that meets ...

Copyright

Core Journalism Principles

The  Fourth Estate's Core Journalism Principles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution...