Co-op Principles and Values

Cooperatives operate according to a core set of seven principles. The Fourth Estate’s operations are grounded in these principles, and we adhere to our core journalism principles of truth, transparency and community.

1

Open and Voluntary Membership

Owned by the members they serve.

2

Democratic Member Control

One member, one vote.

3

Members’ Economic Participation

Equal share in financial success.

4

Autonomy and Independence

Member controlled.

5

Education, Training and Information

Empowering members, representatives and employees.

6

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Cooperatives are stronger together.

7

Concern for Community

Giving back to sustain the membership.