The Reuters Handbook of Journalism is now available online after not being freely available to the public, except for a printed handbook that was released in the early 1990s and a short online PDF file in 2006.
Thomson Reuters global editor for ethics, innovation and news standards Dean Wright explained why the company decided to make the handbook available to everyone in a blog post.
Wright’s three main reasons for the online release of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism:
Transparency: At a time when trust is an endangered commodity in the financial and media worlds, it’s important that news consumers see the guidelines our journalists follow.
Service: As we’ve seen over the past decade, the barriers to publishing have dropped so that anyone with an idea and a computer can be a publisher. But it’s also become clear that publishers have a varying standard of truth, fairness and style. Our handbook is a good place for budding journalists to begin.
Geography: Reuters serves a global audience and the handbook recognises the cultural and political differences that our journalists face in reporting for the world. This is a handbook not just for English-language journalists in the United Kingdom or the United States, but for wherever English is used.