The following editorial guidelines have the goal of assisting veteran professionals as well as individuals that are only beginning their careers as journalists to hold themselves responsible for their work and to guide their journalistic endeavors in a direction that will best serve the interest of the public.
- Verifying facts is central to all journalistic endeavors. Precise news reporting represents the backbone of journalism and should never be compromised under any circumstances.
- Verifying the identities and the backgrounds of news sources is likewise imperative.
- In order to determine the reliability of news sources and their information, as well as to distinguish between allegations and facts, documentation needs to be sought out.
- In the event of a mistake, regardless of its origins, platform or nature, corrections must be applied in a visible and transparent manner.
- The rights of individuals involved in a news piece must be respected at all times.
- Unless relevant to the story at hand, referring to an individual’s ethnicity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation are to be avoided as they serve no informational purpose.
- Especially in the event of news relating to crime (though not limited to only such stories) stereotypes based on ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, age, location or social status are to be avoided.
- The personal biases of journalists do not support in any way, manner or form impartial and precise news reporting and their use in professional work is frowned upon.
- Reporting the truth and making it widely available serves the general interests of the public. This fact will invariably conflict with public and/or private interests, ranging from sources to advertisers and at times with a journalist’s obligations towards his employer.
- Safeguarding the general interest of the public includes advocating the unrestrained circulation of information, uncovering crimes or various wrongdoings, preserving the health and the safety of the public and also preventing individuals from being misinformed by erroneous news.
- As long as the content of an article respects the generally accepted journalistic standards and norms for impartiality and accuracy it is paramount that authors and editors should freely express their opinions even when such opinions are in conflict with those of their organizations or employers.