Multiple Credible Sources

Eyewitness, official, expert

Verification

The process of checking, confirming and supporting information and facts

Avoidance of Bias

Presenting the facts and context in as fair and accurate a manner as possible

Balance

Representing multiple sides of the issue, event or controversy without giving unfair weight to one side or point of view

Documentation

Documents, data, reports, video, photos or audio

Context

Presenting the facts in a way that makes their meaning clear, fair and accurate

Fairness

Treating sources and subjects with appropriate respect, and giving subjects a chance to share their points of view or respond to any assertions or allegations about them

Here’s your notebook

Read over these seven standards of quality journalism. Keep your notebook with you at all times and check back throughout your reporting to make sure you’re following the standards.