Journalist Principles

The Principle of Truth

  • The facts in an article should always be accurate
  • All facts should also be verified before publishing an article
  • The facts should be presented objectively so the reader can draw their own independent conclusions that aren’t influenced by the writer’s opinion.
  • The sources used to find information should be cited for reliability

The Principle of Loyalty:

  • The journalists should consider the larger public’s interests above all others, as the larger public is the main audience
  • All groups in society should be presented as they are and none should be favored or ignored

The Principle of Discipline:

  • Personal and cultural biases should never undermine the accuracy of the work, objectivity should be maintained
  • Both sides of a story should be included and no information should be purposefully left out
  • opinion should never be presented as fact.

The Principle of Open-mindedness:

  • The journalist should present many different views on the topic in their writing
  • The journalist must not favor a certain group in their writing
  • The journalist should not be bias on other views to glorify their own view

The Principle of Comprehension:

  • All things the journalist writes should be logical and substantiated by factual evidence
  • Proper grammar should be used
  • Everything written in the writing piece should pertain to the topic.
  • Only terms that accurately describe the topic should be used

The Principle of Credibility

  • All sources used should be checked by the journalist for credibility
  • The facts used in the Journalists writing should be accurate
  • The journalist can only present something as fact if they can substantiate it


  • Steele, Bob. “Guiding Principles for the Journalist – Poynter.” Poynter, 13 Aug. 2002,

  •  “Principles of Journalism.” American Press Association,