Citizens Bill of Journalism Rights

The Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ) has developed a set of principles outlining a "consensus about what journalists must offer and what citizens should expect." Its principles include "above all, truthfulness. ... proof that the journalists' first loyalty is to citizens. ... We should expect journalists to maintain independence from those they cover," to "monitor power and give voice to the voiceless," provide a "forum for public criticism and problem solving," and offer "news that is proportional and relevant." CCJ also offers recommendations for ways that citizens can influence journalists to improve the quality of their coverage.