Seeking and reporting the truth in a truthful way

  • We will dedicate ourselves to reporting the news accurately, thoroughly and in context.
  • We will be honest in the way we gather, report and present news.
  • We will be persistent in the pursuit of the whole story.
  • We will keep our word.
  • We will hold factual information in opinion columns and editorials to the same standards of accuracy as news stories.
  • We will seek to gain sufficient understanding of the communities, individuals and stories we cover to provide an informed account of activities.

Serving the public interest

  • We will uphold First Amendment principles to serve the democratic process.
  • We will be vigilant watchdogs of government and institutions that affect the public.
  • We will provide the news and information that people need to function as effective citizens.
  • We will seek solutions as well as expose problems and wrongdoing.
  • We will provide a public forum for diverse people and views.
  • We will reflect and encourage understanding of the diverse segments of our community.
  • We will provide editorial and community leadership.
  • We will seek to promote understanding of complex issues.

Exercising fair play

  • We will treat people with dignity, respect and compassion.
  • We will correct errors promptly.
  • We will strive to include all sides relevant to a story and not take sides in news coverage.
  • We will explain to readers our journalistic processes.
  • We will give particular attention to fairness in relations with people unaccustomed to dealing with the press.
  • We will use unnamed sources as the sole basis for published information only as a last resort and under specified procedures that best serve the public's right to know.
  • We will be accessible to readers.

Maintaining independence

  • We will remain free of outside interests, investments or business relationships that may compromise the credibility of our news report.
  • We will maintain an impartial, arm's length relationship with anyone seeking to influence the news.
  • We will avoid potential conflicts of interest and eliminate inappropriate influence on content.
  • We will be free of improper obligations to news sources, newsmakers and advertisers.
  • We will differentiate advertising from news.

Acting with Integrity

  • We will act honorably and ethically in dealing with news sources, the public and our colleagues.
  • We will obey the law.
  • We will observe common standards of decency.
  • We will take responsibility for our decisions and consider the possible consequences of our actions.
  • We will be conscientious in observing these Principles.
  • We will always try to do the right thing.

If you have questions or would like to talk with someone about these principles, contact our executive editor, Bob Gabordi at 321-242-3607 or by e-mail.

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