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, www.poynter.org/2002/guiding-principles-for-the-journalist/1751/.
- “Principles of Journalism.” American Press Association, americanpressassociation.com/principles-of-journalism/.