TRM aims to inspire useful discussion and historic action for a more compassionate, collaborative Iowa and Illinois that does better for everyone, especially marginalized groups like women; BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous and People of Color); LGBTQ people; seniors and elders; people of different belief systems; gig workers; independent artists; and people with conditions or diseases or who are disabled.
TRM is founded on the principles of The Four-Way Test, which is a central part of the nonprofit service organization Rotary Club International:
To learn more about the Four-Way Test, read the excerpt below:
About The Four-Way Test Any ethical system that calls for living the truth and measuring actions on the basis of benefits to others is demanding. Such a test can stir bitter conflict for those who try to balance integrity and ambition. Sizzling debates have been held in various parts of the world on its practicality as a way of living. There are always some skeptics and negative thinkers who view The Four-Way Test as a simplistic philosophy of dubious worth, contradictory meaning, and unrealistic aims. The Test calls for thoughtful examination of one’s motives and goals. This emphasis on truth, fairness and consideration provide a moral diet so rich that it gives some people “ethical indigestion.” … The Four-Way Test is international, transcending national boundaries and language barriers. It knows no politics, dogma or creed. More than a code of ethics, it has all the ingredients for a successful life in every way. It can and will work in today’s society. Few things are needed more in our society than moral integrity. The Four-Way Test will guide those who dare to use it for worthy objectives: • choosing, winning, and keeping friends • getting along well with others • ensuring a happy home life • developing high ethical and moral standards • becoming successful in a chosen business or profession • and becoming a better citizen and better example for the next generation. Eloquently simple, stunning in its power, undeniable in its results, The Four-Way Test offers a fresh and positive vision in the midst of a world full of tension, confusion and uncertainty. -- Author Unknown
The Real MainStream also strives to conduct advocacy journalism within the broad ethical structure of the Code of Journalism Ethics, prepared by the Society of Professional Journalists, of which founder Christine Hawes is a member. The founding principles of the SPJ are to seek truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently; and be accountable and transparent:
The Real MainStream is also a member of the National Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists (NLGJA).