The Real MainStream (TRM) is the only LGBTQ-affirming, intersectional, progressive publication serving Illinois and Iowa, and covers news, culture and opinion throughout Iowa and Illinois from a progressive perspective focused on truth, fairness, compassion and building better future relationships. 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: