J++ is a network of companies and individuals who share a common brand
and stand for common values. This manifesto lays out the 10 points that make us
who we are.
- We are news nerds. We are journalists, developers, designers or project
managers who share a common passion for news and technology.
- We believe that the presentation of journalism can be vastly improved, that
journalists have not been able to think outside of the old boxes that we
used to call print, radio and television.
- We believe that data is increasingly important for anyone who wants to
understand modern society, including journalists. We are indebted to Adrian
Holovaty and his milestone article, A Fundamental Way Newspapers Sites Must
- We believe in journalism. We do not think that automation can replace
journalists. We believe that humans can be the best of storytellers. But
their work can be transformed for the better thanks to modern technology.
- We define journalism as making interesting what is important and we will
refrain from making important what is interesting.
- We believe that journalism escaped newsrooms. That’s why we believe that we
can produce good journalism when we work with institutions, corporations and
other non-media organizations.
- We believe that open beats closed. Open source is our default behavior. Our
code lives at github.com/jplusplus. Only when we cannot do otherwise will we
not publish our code.
- We believe in the community. We are what we are thanks to the countless
persons who helped us along the way. We will give back as much as we can to
- We’re not in (only) for the money. We work to improve storytelling and
journalism for all those that have a story to tell. We will not help in
spreading lies or in spinning information. We will not work with companies
that specialize in manufacturing weapons intended mainly to kill humans or
in dependence-inducing drugs such as alcoholic products and cigarettes.
- We speak English. Because English is the most widely shared language on the
internet, we write our comments, the names of our functions and variables
and our external communication in American English.