1. Our first obligation is to the truth.
2. Our first loyalty is to the citizens.
3. Our essence is discipline of verification.
4. Our practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6. We must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7. We must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
8. We must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
9. Our practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.