In an ever-changing world, core values are constant, defining our work, our interactions with each other, and how we achieve our goals. They are foundational to our organizational identity and the principles that guide us in everything we do.

Integrity.

We choose to infuse our actions with honesty and fairness. We treat our coworkers, employers, and stakeholders with respect and honor the organization’s aims. Integrity is our most valuable asset for building trust.

Teamwork and Collaboration.

The strength of our team does not lie only in our combined experience and expertise but in our ability to trust each other, no matter the circumstances. We know that our best work is not produced by individuals but by teamwork and mutual support. We value collaboration as a reminder that we will not thrive without recognizing one another’s strengths. We seek to build strong relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders to learn and grow from their expertise, ensure we are not duplicating efforts, and share capacity and resources toward achieving a common goal.

Compassion.

We treat our veterans as treasured community members as we support their career growth in the journalism field. Our members are the lifeblood of our organization, and we treat them with the same dignity and humanity as we would wish for ourselves. We offer our programs to all veterans and military spouses who wish to step into the field of journalism and always place their individual needs above our systemic obligations.

Diversity and Inclusiveness.

We strive to create and provide a work environment that respects and includes differences, recognizing the unique contributions individuals make and maximizing the potential of all employees. We will treat each other fairly, and we will value the opinions of others.

Transparency.

We openly and honestly convey information as we know it. It does not matter how it makes us look – we have a desire and willingness to put the information we know out in the open. For us, transparency applies to peer-to-peer communication, but it also involves teams, individuals, as well as our members and organizational partners.

Passion.

We create excitement around what we do. We nurture ideas, inspire excellence, and find creative ways to eliminate obstacles.

Innovation.

We motivate ourselves to action. We take risks, encourage curiosity and new ideas, learn from mistakes, and constantly strive to exceed expectations. Our pioneering spirit led us to establish new ideas around diversity in journalism in the year of our founding, and continues to light the path ahead, both within our workplace and the industry we serve.