Below are the 10 “Principles of Journalism” referenced from the 3rd Edition book “The Elements of Journalism” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel.
1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification.
4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as a monitor of power.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
8. It must present the news in a way that is comprehensive and proportional.
9. Its practitioners have an obligation to exercise their personal conscious.
10. Citizens have rights and responsibilities when it comes to the news as well – even more so as they become producers and editors themselves.