All stories should adhere to the following principles:
Uphold MobLab’s values.
- Practice humility in your storytelling. Collective listening and learning are central to all of Mobilisation Lab’s work.
- Be open and accessible in your storytelling. Express ideas as simply as possible, without jargon and unnecessarily complication.
- Respect readers who might not share your particular geography, context or expertise. What seems obvious to you may not be so obvious to others.
- Seek out subjects and sources who have the greatest insights and most at stake. Whenever possible, let their voices speak to readers directly, unfiltered.
- Question your assumptions about people, groups, events and situations. Never stereotype based on identity traits.
- Take strides to recognise your own biases and keep them in check.
Be truthful, transparent and accurate.
- Report information that is verifiable and from trustworthy sources.
- Include all information that is relevant to a story. Never misrepresent people, groups, events, situations or yourself through omission.
- If you are personally involved in the campaign or organisation being reported on, disclose this information.
- Respect people’s privacy. If a person’s statements are not already a part of the public domain, seek their permission before quoting them in a story.
- Never plagiarise. If a story incorporates someone else’s work, give due credit.
- Admit mistakes and correct them promptly. To err is human!
- Take measures to protect sources who could face risks because of a story.
- When describing a vulnerable person or community’s relationship to their identity, religion or political beliefs, use special sensitivity in your choice of language to avoid contributing to a narrative that facilitates their persecution.
- When writing about children and adolescents, respect their power, participation and dignity. At the same time, take care to preserve their physical and emotional welfare.
- When writing about suicide, encourage positive behaviour and help-seeking by observing special guidance.