Voice of San Diego, an online non-profit news source, has an interesting set of reporter guidelines, included in a post by Jay Rosen. Here are a few:
* We’re not someone’s goddamn transcription service.
Focus on big problems […] * It’s easy as a journalist to take a stand against a six-figure salary. It’s easy to take a stand against an expensive meal on an expense report.
* Why do we take stands on those things and why are we afraid to take stands on bigger issues?
Don’t tell me stories about “critics” or “some”
* I don’t have a clue who “critics” or “some” are. But they managed to be the most quoted people on the planet.
* I need to know who they are for that viewpoint to carry any validity.
The whole thing is worth a read. I took a quick look at their site and it does seem quite different than the average daily newspaper. It’s a little early for San Diego commenters, but I wonder if it lives up to its guidelines.