Civic Journalism includes several key components:
You first start with a plain piece of paper (or a blank computer screen). You then add either a question or a subject.
From that simple beginning, you begin to produce the news column.
You do not start with a premise and then gather the evidence to back your thesis.
You do not simply present both sides of an issue.
You do not solely highlight negative aspects.
Instead, you gather information from multiple sources that either answer the question or illuminate the subject.
This approach means that the news column produced may not be the news column initially anticipated.
Throughout this process, key elements of fairness, accuracy, attribution, context, timing, and related aspects are followed to produce the news column. A full list of Philosophy And Standards can be viewed by clicking here.