Mission and Vision


An engaged and informed public, well equipped with quality information needed to make informed decisions by a strong free press.


The Fourth Estate endeavors to contribute to healthy societies by fostering, supporting, and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press. We promote public interest journalism as a resource and force of good in society.


The scale of the global challenges we face require evolving approaches, and collaboration is essential.

Our objectives align with our mission and vision, to achieve them, the Fourth Estate will:

  • Serve as an international representative and steward of public interest journalism, a free press, and for all of journalism’s stakeholders;

  • promote the sound, sustainable and ethical practice of journalism and the integrity, quality and independence of the Press;

  • enhance the professional growth and development of members of the profession and promote high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct, including through the provision of quality education and standards programs;

  • promote the welfare of journalism, including advocacy in accordance with the mission of the Fourth Estate and provision of meaningful services and benefits through membership in the Fourth Estate;

  • support the members of the Fourth Estate including through promoting professional and social interaction, notifying and educating members as to developments in their respective fields of specialty and interest, encouraging member involvement in activities of the Fourth Estate, and providing opportunities for members to assume leadership roles in the Fourth Estate; and

  • promote diversity throughout journalism and the Fourth Estate.