Core principles – a model for journalism

Core principles - a model for journalism

Core principles – a model for journalism (published under Creative Commons)

Tomorrow is based on a foundation of core principles, defining how we relate to the community and sources of news, our responsibilities and our methods. Other outlets may centre themselves around the medium and technology used to distribute news (print, video, online, even social media). Tomorrow believes that core principle are a more stable basis for public trust in reporting and for our service to others.

The media, both as individuals and as an organisation, is one circle. The community, including individuals actively creating news or passively reading/viewing its information, is another. “Estates” is another circle, those formal “agencies” of the body politic that sometimes generate information and sometimes conceal it. And access, the final circle, is always in flux, an overlapping of how community and estates and media all interact.

Tomorrow is defined by principles, and it is the physical and information space where the interaction takes place and news is facilitated. News will build community around that core.

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Comments Guidelines

We must tread a line between principles 1, 8 and 11 in particular when it comes to comments on our reporting. Everyone has a right to be heard, but we must protect some members of the public on occasion and promote RESPONSIBLE debate and mediation. That means some comments must be removed or edited.

For example, if a comment mentioned criminal allegations against an individual, this would be removed as it might identify innocent individuals or victims.

Harassment of fellow commentators will not be tolerated, nor will discriminatory or offensive language, particularly if made from behind false identities or anonymity.

Please apply this basic approach when considering a comment: would you make it to a parent or close friend? We encourage readers to discuss stories with friends, family or anyone and then return to make comments. Then you will be meeting principle 11 as well.

And remember, as a news editor once said, you only get five exclamation marks in life, so use them sparingly.