Reuters Reaffirms Its Commitment to Company’s ‘Trust Principles’

New footnote links to one of journalism's most vaunted professional edicts

There are five of them in all, starting with the premise ‘That Thomson Reuters shall at no time pass into the hands of any one interest, group or faction.’ The edicts were created in 1941 in partnership with shareholders and the Newspaper Publishers Association.

This week, Reuters announced that it will be linking at the bottom of each online article to those principles, as well as when the occasion befits, offering a backstory of how a particular item was reported. For example, here is the beginning of today’s extensive “Backstory” note for a bit of enterprise reporting:

Reporters Deborah J. Nelson and Ryan McNeill spent six months exhaustively documenting the behavior of businesses involved in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs. They found that multiple studies supporting the use of antiseptic products containing the chemical chlorhexidine to clean hospital patients were funded or otherwise supported by the companies that make those products, raising concerns about the independence of the research.

Read the full set of principles here.