Pledge of Integrity: Following Press’ Golden Rule


It is that time of year when corporately owned media outlets make clear their bias when it comes to telling their readers and listeners how they should vote. This is not a practice our publication will follow suit on.  However, we will continue to follow the golden rule in journalism: We report the facts, you make the decision.

In fact, it is a guideline we take pride in adhering to. Many times reporting on unpopular topics or ones that people are very opinionated about can be difficult. Certainly just because we work to be unbiased does not mean we do not have a personal opinion. It’s a rule of professionalism, and a line I’ve personally drawn for myself over the years working at various news outlets. Even in an editorial setting,  publications jeopardize their independence and integrity. Why pledge 364 days of unbiased reporting only to run political endorsements only days before?

We encourage you to vote and let your voice be heard. It’s a privilege to have a say in our government. Do your part and know that we will continue to do ours, report facts.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

One Reply to “Pledge of Integrity: Following Press’ Golden Rule”

  1. Hugh McLaughlin says:

    Great idea from The Resident Press ! All news should be like this ! I remmember and old saying , Opinions are like noses ,everybody has one !

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