What is ComingFrom.org?
It’s a space for journalists and news organizations to share who they are, how they think and where they’re coming from. The initiative is spearheaded by the 2022 cohort of the Studio 20: Digital First master’s program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and program director Jay Rosen. We encourage journalists to reflect on how their backgrounds may influence their reporting so that audiences can better understand and engage with them.
Why are we doing this?
By sharing examples of “where we’re coming from” statements and highlighting the best ones, we hope to encourage other journalists and news organizations to produce their own.
What is a Coming From statement?
It’s a statement published by a journalist or newsroom that discloses core values, fundamental beliefs, point of view, history, background, financial ties or anything about them that could influence the way they do journalism. It could be a whole page, section or perhaps just a fragment of text. It could even be an audio or a video statement. The whole point is that it contributes to building trust through openness and transparency. For more see Jay Rosen’s post: The “here’s where we’re coming from” statement in journalism.
What is NOT a Coming From statement?
What we’re not looking for is safe, boilerplate language that can be found in countless newsroom mission statements around the world. We’re also not looking for resumés or portfolios that just state your professional experience. A Coming From statement is about true transparency, created in the spirit of open dialogue between journalists and their audience.
What is a good example of a Coming From statement?
One of the examples we selected to start this project is a guide written by tech journalist Casey Newton, who runs a newsletter called Platformer. In his statement, he discloses his opinions, like how social media affects the conversation about democracy, and explains how he does his reporting. After reading Newton’s guide, readers are able to understand his background and what to expect from his stories. We’ve also included more examples of Coming From statements here.
“Writing a ‘where I’m coming from statement’ was enormously useful to me as I started my newsletter. It forced me to articulate an editorial mission, my values, and my editorial process. … I strongly encourage more journalists to write one of their own. The benefits are real!”Casey Newton
How can you help us?
If you have a Coming From statement of your own, or have seen a statement from a journalist or organization that inspires you and connects to our mission, please share below.
Share your example
Any questions? Please write to email@example.com.