Mission Statement and Standards
P-H Tribune Editors fully adhere to the principles for the conduct of a newspaper formulated by Eugene Meyer in 1933.
The Seven Principles for the Conduct of a Newspaper
1. The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as 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 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 its owners.
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.
Eugene Meyer, March 5, 1935
* in the original text: “America and the world”
The Humanity Interest
PH-Tribune is vitally concerned with the interest in well-being of whole humanity not only limited to the groups including nations. In our reporting we will cross boundaries and borders to provide a complete picture of events to the best of our ability. At the centre of our attention are nations understood as United Nations and nations as an individual, a human person with its inalienable rights.
Editors will not be promoting of any particular nations or emphasizing importance of any citizenship. We perceive world as a family of people of diverse cultures with a different historic heritage. Focus of our care are first and foremost minorities and through this prism we will be challenging and debating standards of majorities.
Conflict of Interest
This news institution is pledged to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest wherever and whenever possible.
We have adopted stringent policies on these issues, conscious that they may be more restrictive than is customary in the world of private business. In particular:
We pay our own way.
We accept no gifts from news sources.
We do not accept payment – either honoraria or expenses – from governments, government-funded organizations, groups of government officials, political groups or organizations that take positions on controversial issues.
A reporter or editor also cannot accept payment from any person, company or organization that he or she covers. And we should avoid accepting money from individuals, companies, trade associations or organizations that lobby government or otherwise try to influence issues the newspaper covers.
We make every reasonable effort to be free of obligation to news sources and to special interests.
We avoid active involvement in any partisan causes — politics, community affairs, social action, demonstrations — that could compromise or seem to compromise our ability to report and edit fairly.
Editors and journalist at PH-Tribune are committed to fairness. While arguments about objectivity are endless, the concept of fairness is something that editors and reporters can easily understand and pursue. Fairness results from a few simple practices: No story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness.
No story is fair if it includes essentially irrelevant information at the expense of significant facts. Fairness includes relevance.
Fairness includes diligently seeking comment from all sides of the story and taking that comment genuinely into account.
PH-Tribune respects taste and decency, understanding that society’s concepts of taste and decency are constantly changing. A word offensive to the last generation can be part of the next generation’s common vocabulary.
We do not link to sites that aid or abet illegal activity.
The separation of news columns from the editorial pages is solemn and complete. Although part of our mission is provide diversity of opinions which often require summarization to be digestible for a busy reader we will always indicate where the opinion of the author begins and where it ends in the article.
This separation is intended to serve the reader, who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and “opinion” pages. But nothing in this separation of functions is intended to eliminate from the news columns honest, in-depth reporting, or analysis or commentary when plainly labeled.
PH-Tribune adopts labels used by generations of journalists:
Analysis: Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events
Perspective: Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences.
Opinion: A column or blog in the Opinions section.
Review: A professional critic’s assessment of a service, product, performance, or artistic or literary work.
We will leave this area of activity to disseminate a pure information about our publication. None of editors will engage with any debates on these platforms.
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