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Editorial Ethics and Guidelines

 

Our guiding principles

We build trust. Our journalism is independent, nonpartisan, fact-based and rigorous. We build trust by delivering news and information that is of the highest quality and done with the highest standards. We believe in verification and an obligation to the truth.

We listen. We engage with the communities we serve, and we listen to them. We frequently meet with our audiences and convene community members and leaders for important discussions. We know that the best journalism requires listening so that we can better understand what matters to our audiences.

We are leaders. Our journalism aims for the highest standards for news ethics, policies, and practices. Our news and information drive important stories and discussions. We examine structural inequities. And we will lead in technology and delivery, so that audiences can access our journalism at any time and on any device.

We focus on audiences. Our journalism is intended to illuminate and equip our communities. We are at our best when we provide the news and information that enables our audiences to be informed citizens. We also play the role of watchdog by keeping a close eye on the people and institutions that regularly affect our lives.

We are inclusive. Our journalists reflect the communities we serve. Our sources, story subjects and coverage must demonstrate that we seek diverse ideas and hear every person with respect and gratitude. We call attention to injustice and lift the voices of marginalized groups. We explore the ways in which race and gender issues take hold in every aspect of society.

We act courageously. Our journalists cover the difficult stories and ask the tough questions. When covering new ideas and policies, we look for unequal consequences. We will correct our mistakes and not shy from constructive critiques.


When any of us has an ethical question or sees a potential ethical conflict or lapse, it is our job to bring it to the attention of newsroom leaders. Communication is paramount. At all times we will guard against our own buried biases and privileges creeping into our work. We hope, too, that our audiences will ask a question when something does not seem right.

The guidelines are divided in two sections. The first addresses how we act as journalists and the second how we execute journalism. They will be reviewed regularly. The guidelines — coming in May 2022 — follow years of divisiveness and the politicization of race and gender equity. We, though, unequivocally hold true to those values in our journalism. And we acknowledge that for many people, these are long-standing issues of discrimination that have never subsided.

We believe that a democratic society depends on an informed public, and that an informed public depends on a free and independent press. We participate in our democracy, in our way, and this is how we do it.

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