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.
Open and Voluntary Membership
Owned by the members they serve.
Democratic Member Control
One member, one vote.
Members’ Economic Participation
Equal share in financial success.
Autonomy and Independence
Education, Training and Information
Empowering members, representatives and employees.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives are stronger together.
Concern for Community
Giving back to sustain the membership.