1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth;
2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens;
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification;
4. Its practitioners must maintain independence from those they cover;
5. It must serve as an independent 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 keep the news comprehensive and proportional;
9. Its practitioners must be allowed to practice their personal conscience.
“Principles of Journalism,” Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the Committee of Concerned Journalists
Reading this now, it contains important considerations for both reporters of and consumers of news. “AI and the Future of Free Journalism”, from the abstract:
Interaction between journalism, the Internet and social communities is familiar and intensely discussed, helping us understand how journalism can raise our collective intelligence. We discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) will add to that picture and thus influence the future of journalism. We describe ‘Digital Identities’ and their future interaction with journalism. We summarize state-of-the-art AI methods usable to establish the ‘DNA’ of journalistic content, how matching that content with digital identities enables behavioral targeting for consumer engagement. We review the driving forces such procedures may introduce to journalism and show an example of a journalistic behavioral-targeting engine. We highlight some concerns and discuss how using digital identities and AI can be complex versus current journalistic principles. We stress the need for ethical principles in using digital identities in journalism, and suggest examples of such principles. We issue a call for stakeholders to jointly explore the potential effects of AI algorithms on the journalism profession and journalism’s role in a democratic society and suggest questions to be explored.