About the Fourth Estate

We are Different

We are a multi-stakeholder public benefit cooperative, providing local news organizations, businesses, and people around the world with the news and information that they need to make wise and informed decisions.

We primarily focus on serving independent local co-operative and public benefit news organizations, but also work with other businesses and individuals who are not members.

Our core business includes a variety news and content, technology services, verification and certification, education and administrative support in support of our mission.

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We’re Stronger Together

Working together — the Fourth Estate® and our news organization members and partners make up the Co-operative News System (CNS).

Over the years, Fourth Estate® has been involved in a wide variety of programs and business ventures. There has been great growth, as well as challenges. Through it all we remain focused on providing long-term sustainable value for our members and partners.

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We’re Values Driven


A world in which people are equipped with the news and information they need to make wise decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.


To contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.

Core Values

Truth, Transparency and Community define who we are, how we work, what we believe in and what we stand for.


We believe that an independent, sustainable free press is built on established and equitable free-market principles. We believe in the business of news and journalism.

We believe that the power of journalism, in the public interest, can transform lives, and make an enduring impact on those that we serve.

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