1. Our purpose is to educate by example and opportunity, and teach self-education skills and attitudes, first to the people of our region, and thru them to all.
2. Our method is publishing and teaching the skills of publishing, writing investigative journalism, and now web journalism and the new media, thus providing a stage that multiplies all community efforts, results, and learning.
3. Our values are humanist, progressive, open, curious, and transparent. We prize opportunities to learn, the cultured mind, the natural world, and the ideal of continuous education. Our motto is Thoughtful, Fearless, Free.