A brief guide to Reuters values and standards

January 18, 2007

david-schlesinger 2.jpgEverything we do as Reuters journalists has to be independent, free from bias and executed with the utmost integrity. These are our core values and stem from the Reuters Trust Principles.******REUTERS JOURNALISTS:***Always hold accuracy sacrosanct.***Always correct an error openly.***Always strive for balance and freedom from bias.***Always reveal a conflict of interest to a manager.***Always respect privileged information.***Always protect their sources from the authorities.***Always guard against putting their opinion in a story or editorializing.***Never fabricate or plagiarise.***Never alter a still or moving image beyond the requirements of normal image enhancement.***Never pay for a story and never accept a bribe.******ACCURACY:***Accuracy means that our images and stories must reflect reality. Reuters is transparent about errors. We correct them promptly and clearly, whether in a story, a caption, a graphic or a script.******INDEPENDENCE:***Independence is the essence of our reputation as a stateless global news organisation and fundamental to the trust that allows us to report impartially from all sides of a conflict or dispute. Our independence stems not only from the structure of Reuters but also from our duty as journalists to avoid conflicts of interest or situations that could give rise to a perception of a conflict.******FREEDOM FROM BIAS:***Reuters would not be Reuters without freedom from bias. This neutrality is a hallmark of our news brand and allows us to work on all sides of an issue, conflict or dispute without any agenda other than accurate, fair reporting.******INTEGRITY:***Integrity requires us to adhere to the highest ethical standards of our profession and to the values enshrined in The Reuters Trust Principles. As a member of the Reuters team, you are expected to accept certain responsibilities, adhere to acceptable professional standards in matters of personal conduct and exhibit a high degree of personal integrity at all times.******David Schlesinger is Reuters Editor-in-Chief

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