Values and Rules
- Always be honest. As a journalist with Rallidae, you must never knowingly lie.
- Strive to always support your work with facts, statistics, and expert knowledge. Never rely entirely on gossip, hearsay, or opinion.
- Make sure that the ‘facts’ that you are using are verifiable. Truth and accuracy are important. If you have a source telling you something, make sure you can find (at least) two other sources verifying the same thing.
- Be fair and impartial, as far as possible. Everyone has a bias, but try to leave this to one side. However, never allow this to contradict the rule of honesty. Also, it is important to always resist undue influence to produce material in any way that could compromise your independence.
- Be responsible and accountable. Always support your decisions with evidence of why it was the best decision. However, you must admit mistakes. If you have done wrong, own up to it and apologise.
- Always make sure that what you are producing is in the interest of the public.
- Never intrude into anybody’s private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest. It is important to never set out with the aim of harming any innocent individual, organisation, or group of people.
- Always protect the identity of sources who supply information in confidence.
- Never produce material that is likely to induce hatred or discrimination.
- Never plagiarise.