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About Us

Mission Driven

A News Organization For The Public Benefit

The Fourth Estate is an international, independent, nongovernmental, journalism Public Benefit Corporation.

Together with our members we endeavor to contribute to healthy societies by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.

We recognize that journalism producers — and consumers of that work — are mutually dependent on one another, and the quality of the relationship between these groups is directly connected to the health of society.

Running through our organization is a strong sense of obligation to serve the different stakeholders who count on us to deliver quality and excellence in everything we do.

Built On Solid Principles:


With a Strong Sense of Purpose:

Do Well by Doing Good

Our Public Benefit business structure defines & sustains our positive impacts, reinforce the benefits of a double bottom line news business, attract impact investors, and stand out in a confused marketplace as a company whose basis in business is for social good.


Our Mission

It is our mission to contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.

Voluntary and Open Membership

Membership in the Fourth Estate is open to all entities and persons able to benefit and use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of news and journalism and technologies that foster, support and incubate a sustainable and vibrant free press.

Equity Member Led

Our equity-holding members contribute to and democratically control the organization. The economic benefits of the Fourth Estate’s operations are used to further our mission or are returned to the members, reinvested in the co-op, or used to expand or provide member services.

Our Strategy

We will define the future of news and journalism in the public interest— locally and across the globe – through a variety of innovative and valuable programs, services, resources and initiatives.

Independent and Autonomous

We are guided first by our mission and controlled by our equity-members. As a matter of policy, funding sources exercise no control over the Fourth Estate’s editorial decisions.

Our Values

Our Core Values of Truth, Transparency and Community are at the heart of the Fourth Estate. They define who we are, how we work, what we believe in and what we stand for.

Providing Information and Services

We serve all members of the journalism ecosystem from news creators to those that consume that journalism with the news, information and services needed to effectively and efficiently fulfill our social mission.

Our Beliefs

We believe that an independent, sustainable free press is built on established and equitable free-market principles. We believe in the business of news and journalism

Commited to the Public Benefit

Our core purpose is to equip individuals and communities with the news and information they need to make wise decisions. This service-oriented approach includes a commitment to minimize harm, especially to vulnerable stakeholders, in the course of telling as much of the truth as possible.


Cooperative and Collegial

We serve our members and society most effectively by working cooperatively at the local, national, regional and international levels.



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