THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR THE CONDUCT OF A NEWSPAPER
1. The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the
truth or nearly as the truth may be ascertained.
2. The newspaper shall tell ALL the truth so far as it
can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.
3. As a disseminator of the news, the paper shall
observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.
4. What it prints shall be fit reading for the young
as well as for the old.
5. The newspaper's duty is to its readers and to the
public at large, and not to the private interests of it owner.
6. In the pursuit of truth, the newspaper shall be
prepared to make sacrifices of its material fortunes, if such course be
necessary for the public good.
7. The newspaper shall not be the ally of any special
interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public
affairs and public men.
Meyer, March 5, 1935 (The Washington Post, USA)