The Governing Documents of the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation consist of the Constitution, the Bylaws, the Core Journalism Principles, and other appendices.

The Constitution establishes the sovereignty of the Fourth Estate. It is composed of articles and amendments that enumerate the purpose, describe the structure, and establish the identity of the Fourth Estate.

The Bylaws define the roles, rights and obligations of our members, committees, directors and staff. The bylaws govern the process and procedures of our operation, and are intended to ensure fairness in all proceedings.

The Core Principles are guidelines for all of us — consumers of journalismm  as well as its producers — in an evolving media landscape.


Contsitution of the Fourth Estate
 Constitution of the Fourth Estate  Bylaws of the Fourth Estate Core Journalism Principles 


While clearly delineated, these governing documents are considered to be living documents to be reviewed and revised as necessary.