A new beginning. The Bucharest Tribune. What is its main aim?
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The Bucharest Tribune is a project of Dialectica (an independent platform of news and thematic analyses) which aims to become a reliable news source capable of providing high-quality analyses about the social, economic, and political status quo of Romania.
”Romania in broad strokes”
We, Dialectica's Editorial Team, created The Bucharest Tribune with the purpose of providing accurate information about current changes in the Romanian status quo. This endeavor - named after the capital city of Romania - targets any English-speaking audience that possesses a particular interest in the latest developments pertaining to the aforementioned country.
We'll strive to publish both comprehensive assessments of life-changing events and short news articles that encompass valuable information. In this context, as an Editorial Team, we guarantee that The Bucharest Tribune (from now on, T.B.T.) will update its editorial standards and guidelines in order to match those applied by the most prestigious publications (e.g., The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist etc.); in extenso, T.B.T. wants ”to cover the news as impartially as possible ... and to treat readers, news sources, advertisers and others fairly and openly ...” [Source 1].
Moreover, ”we tell our readers the complete, unvarnished truth as best we can learn it. It is our policy to correct our errors, large and small, as soon as we become aware of them” [Source 1]. In other words, all T.B.T. contributors have a duty to serve the public interest by devoting themselves to evidence-informed journalism and to telling the truth on each and every occasion. As a result of this mindset, ”we do not accept payment – either honoraria or expenses – from governments, government-funded organizations, groups of government officials, political groups or organizations that take positions on controversial issues” [Source 2].
Furthemore, „we avoid active involvement in any partisan causes — politics, community affairs, social action, demonstrations — that could compromise or seem to compromise our ability to report and edit fairly” [Source 2]. In concreto, T.B.T. contributors will publish articles as part of the website's mission to inform, educate, and disseminate information for the Romanian and foreign audiences interested in the fate of this restricted geographical area; regardless of circumstances, they will not take part in political endeavors and will not let political sympathies influence their evaluations and writings. T.B.T. stories must be written by impartial journalists which possess the capability to postpone - as much as possible - any subjective viewpoint for the entire time frame allocated for journalistic enterprises.
In addition to the aforesaid values, we do not condone illegal activities and we'll do our best to expose any type of demeanor that goes against local, national, and international laws.
As a matter a fact we commit to fairness. ”Fairness results from a few simple practices: No story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness. No story is fair if it includes essentially irrelevant information at the expense of significant facts. Fairness includes relevance. No story is fair if it consciously or unconsciously misleads or even deceives the reader. Fairness includes honesty–leveling with the reader. No story is fair if it covers individuals or organizations that have not been given the opportunity to address assertions or claims about them made by others. Fairness includes diligently seeking comment and taking that comment genuinely into account” [Source 2]. With the goals of objectivity and fairness in mind, T.B.T. will cite in its articles all sources (local, national, international) used in order to create articles, news stories, and analyses. We value the concept of epistemic responsibility! Therefore, we are aware that every word encompassed in our publications has he power to change minds and shape futures; as a consequence we search for balanced, fair approaches, we write only after we can amass sufficient data to position ourselves as close as possible to incontestable facts, and we strive to take into account myriads of opposing viewpoints.
The New York Times, Ethical Journalism, A Handbook of Values and Practices for the News and Editorial Departments, Online: https://www.nytimes.com/editorial-standards/ethical-journalism.html
The Washington Post, Policies and Standards, Online: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ask-the-post/wp/2016/01/01/policies-and-standards/