Editorial policy

Mission Statement: 4NEWS.mk is committed to providing accurate, balanced, and impartial news coverage that adheres to the highest international professional and ethical standards of journalism. Our mission is to inform, engage, and empower our audience while upholding the principles of transparency, accountability, and editorial independence.

Core Principles:

Accuracy and Fairness:

We are dedicated to reporting the facts accurately and fairly, upholding the truth as our ultimate goal.
We seek multiple sources to verify information and correct errors promptly when they occur.

Independence and Objectivity:

We maintain editorial independence from external influences, ensuring that our reporting is free from undue political, commercial, or personal pressures.
Our journalists present news objectively, without bias, and without favoring any particular group or perspective.

We are transparent about our sources and the methods we use to gather and verify information.
We clearly label opinion pieces, analysis, and sponsored content to distinguish them from news reporting.

Privacy and Sensitivity:

We respect individuals’ privacy rights and avoid intrusive or harmful reporting.
We exercise sensitivity, especially in cases of tragedy or trauma, and consider the potential impact of our reporting on those involved.

Conflicts of Interest:

We disclose and manage any potential conflicts of interest that could compromise our journalistic integrity.
Our journalists refrain from reporting on topics where they have a personal or financial interest.

Plagiarism and Attribution:

We never engage in plagiarism and always provide proper attribution to sources.
We credit other journalists or media outlets when using their work.
Harm Reduction:

We avoid publishing information that could incite violence, hatred, or harm to individuals or communities.
We exercise discretion when reporting on sensitive topics.

Corrections and Accountability:

We correct errors promptly and transparently, with a commitment to accuracy.
We welcome and address reader/viewer complaints and feedback.

Diversity and Inclusivity:

We promote diversity in our newsroom staff and coverage to ensure a broad range of perspectives is represented.
We avoid perpetuating stereotypes or bias in our reporting.

Protection of Sources:

We safeguard the confidentiality of sources, particularly in cases where revealing their identity could put them at risk.

Editorial Independence:

We maintain the editorial autonomy and decision-making authority of our newsroom, free from undue influence.

Accountability and Verification:

We implement robust editorial processes for fact-checking and verification before publishing or broadcasting stories.
We clearly label and differentiate opinion pieces from news articles.

Community Engagement:

We engage with our community, encouraging dialogue and feedback through comments sections, social media, and other platforms.
We actively seek input and address concerns from our audience.

Continuous Training and Ethics Education:

We provide ongoing training to our journalists and editors on ethical standards and evolving best practices in journalism.

International Standards Compliance:

We adhere to international codes of ethics and guidelines, such as those established by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and UNESCO.

Legal Compliance:

We ensure that all our journalistic practices comply with local and international laws and regulations, including the protection of freedom of the press.

4NEWS.mk is dedicated to upholding these principles and ensuring that our journalism serves the public interest, fosters informed citizenry, and contributes to the ethical practice of journalism worldwide. We strive to be a trusted source of news and information for our audience and to uphold the values of truth, integrity, and accountability in our reporting.