The Yearbook 2019 assesses the quality of reporting in the media using specific criteria. These quality criteria were discussed and agreed upon by editors and other media stakeholders as the best way of assessing media quality in terms of practice-based reporting qualities as opposed focusing on mere academic qualities.
|Aspect of Journalism||Quality Criteria - What to look for|
|Professionalism||• Reporting based on multiple sources from different societal groups
• Reporting beyond the official agenda, by own initiative
|Provision of comprehensive information||• Reporting under various perspectives
• Reporting on root causes of an event/issue/problem
• Reporting on the historical background of an event/issue/problem
• Providing various opinions and viewpoints to an event/issue/problem
• Providing opposing viewpoints and thus balanced.
|Understandability for audience||• Good basic storyline
• Good structure of the piece (flow, logical link)
• Figures in good context
|Ethics||• Right of reply conceded (in case of accusations against persons or organisation)|