Our Reporters’ Goals

Our reporters are citizens. They aim to obtain information by asking real questions. They write articles that are easily understood, professional and packed with real insight. You’ll notice our reporters stick to the classic inquiries of who, what, where, when, why and how. They are respectful, yet probing.

Our standards of ethics are based upon the guidelines of Phil Record, as outlined in the online Quill Article for the professional journalist, dated April 5, 2011.

Our Reporters’ Standards of Ethics

  • Be Credible
  • Respect interviewee’s and their situation
  • Understand there is no such thing as a minor error
  • Don’t needlessly cause harm
  • Consider the consequences of your actions
  • Consider the motives of all, including yourself
  • Be compassionate
  • Avoid unnamed sources
  • Avoid spin
  • Respect Privacy
  • Don’t do anything you wouldn’t tell your mom
  • Be passionate about giving voice to the voiceless
  • Be fair, despite life’s tendency to not be
  • Keep your word
  • Recognize your prejudices and biases

Questions We Want Answered

  • Did you read the bill?
  • Did you understand the bill?
  • Did you vote for this bill and why?
  • What committee members are keeping this bill from getting voted on? Why?
  • Who wrote this bill?
  • Who does this bill benefit?
  • Who does this bill hurt?
  • Do you know how much this proposal will cost?
  • What experience do you have in this field?
  • Is this a pressing issue?
  • What do the experts who work in this field think of this proposal?
  • Is there an easier way to solve this problem rather than writing a new law?