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The Journalist's Creed

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The Journalist's Creed

TIL: That hangs as a bronze palque at the National Press Club
in Washington, D.C. 

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- I believe in the profession of journalism.

- I believe that the public journal is a public trust; 
that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their 
responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a 
lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.

- I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy 
and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

- I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds 
in his heart to be true.

- I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration 
other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

- I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he 
would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook 
is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; 
that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading 
another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

- I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should 
alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard 
of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the 
supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

- I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best 
deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, 
unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant 
but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its 
readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is 
unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks 
to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and 
recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is 
profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good 
will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, 
of and for today’s world.

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