News & Values

Behind every news event are the values that drive people and nations. See how they offer a deeper, clearer understanding of the latest stories, or sort through all our stories by the different values beneath them.

Rebuilding trust

Where is trust most needed? How can it be learned? Explore how people worldwide are navigating times of mistrust and discover how we can begin to build trust in each other.


The effort to find a harmony between extremes, not to avoid confrontation or make bold ideas blander or more palatable.


The coming together of individuals or groups to form bonds of fellowship that strengthen and enrich themselves and those around them.

‘Stay gold, Ponyboy’ ... set to music? ‘The Outsiders’ comes to Broadway.

Japan is becoming more diverse. Will its government?

How Portugal has largely avoided racism and Islamophobia amid a migration boom

Howling at the moon on a Monday afternoon. Eclipse brings thousands to Vermont.

Sparrows Point helped build the Key Bridge. Its collapse left residents isolated.

A sidewalk telescope in Madrid offers a glimpse into the night sky’s unknown


An unselfish love that embraces others.

The Monitor's View

How resilient care can temper a war

Gaza aid workers press on, shaken by lethal Israeli strike on convoy

The Monitor's View

A caring act for Myanmar’s innocent

Why Spain is trusting trans teens on their gender, rather than restricting them

Difference Maker

When children become caregivers, who cares for them?

Difference Maker

There was no medicine, so this Ukrainian nurse sang lullabies to wounded soldiers


The effort to work together, respecting the diverse strengths and views in others.

Israel’s retaliation dilemma: Listen to its instincts, or its allies?

In words and deeds, US seeks Israeli restraint after Iran’s attack

Ukraine aid deadlock could threaten peace in Europe. Does Congress care?

How Portugal has largely avoided racism and Islamophobia amid a migration boom

In US capital, rats thrive where civic trust is low. Here’s how to fix that.

Does US deterrence work against Iran’s allies? Yes and no.


The honest struggle to overcome fear and suffering from a desire to do right. Hatred and anger are not courage.

This journalist exposed corruption in the Malawian army. Now he’s on the run.

‘Hamas gambled with our lives’: Gazans are now daring to speak out

Ukrainians along front: Digging deeper, and waiting, waiting ...

Robert Smalls lived an action-hero life. Why isn’t he a household name?

Faces of heroism in Gaza: Doctors, taxi drivers, journalists

To stay or go? Bombarded by Israel, Gazans make anguished choice.


The application of inventiveness, originality, and imagination to address a problem or produce something fresh.

‘Stay gold, Ponyboy’ ... set to music? ‘The Outsiders’ comes to Broadway.

André 3000 trades hip-hop for the flute – and still resonates with listeners

Bryan Stevenson Q&A: Alabama park confronts difficult history in sculpture

Podcast: Why We Wrote This

‘You have to be loving’: An editor and essayist on the storyteller’s craft

More than migrants: Senegal’s filmmakers want to tell a different story

A cult classic album gains new life, and new meaning, onstage


An inherent quality or worth that cannot be degraded.


The effort to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to thrive and be treated with respect.


The effort to base decisions and judgments on impartial fact and proof without bias toward one group or viewpoint.

Terrorists attacked Moscow. Now Russia’s migrants are feeling the backlash.

Europe burns wood pellets. Impacts rise for US communities, forests.

Points of Progress

In science and conservation, empowering the people most affected

No more amateur hour: How Dartmouth ruling could change college sports

Pricey holiday sweets? Why sugar outpaces grocery inflation.

In London’s clean-air fight, is burden falling too much on working class?


An overcoming of resentment or a desire for vengeance in the face of injustice. It never excuses wrong behavior.


The unhindered expression of universal rights, qualities, and dignity. Freedom expands rights rather than pitting one against another.


An expression of compassion that gives of one’s own gifts – a sharing of abundance or charity despite hardship.


The deep recognition or appreciation of goodness or generosity in others.


A commitment to truth that challenges oneself and others to look at issues deeply, without deceit or bias.


The earnest expectation of good, no matter the circumstances.


Free from pride or arrogance; not impotent or subservient.


The search for new ways to find solutions and discoveries.


The commitment to acting honestly and according to high principles of compassion, responsibility, and fairness.


A happiness whose genuineness and radiance brightens others.


The effort to ensure the fair and moral treatment of everyone. Honesty and reformation create the conditions for restoration.


The calm achieved in the struggle to overcome strife or find personal meaning. It is not achieved merely through force or avoidance.


The thriving of people or communities. It can involve monetary wealth but points more deeply to well-being.


The strength expressed by people and communities in recovering from difficulties. It involves victories – small or large – amid adversity.


An appreciation for others’ efforts or principles that promotes cooperation instead of anger or distrust. It does not excuse wrongdoing.

Podcast: Why We Wrote This

For Harlem, can a renaissance remembered also be revived?

Free pads and frank discussion: Bangkok schools tackle ‘period poverty’

How Cleopatra got caught up in a culture war

When a beauty pageant becomes a feminist frontier

‘We have to hold hope.’ How Jewish-Palestinian families cope.

The Monitor's View

Green energy’s green light


Fulfilling a duty to act from high motives, with due consideration for the care of oneself and others.


Five ways Israel is changing after six months of war in Gaza

India’s sacred groves are home to forest god shrines – and endangered species

Kenya promised cops to Haiti. Its citizens didn’t like that.

Biden talks of Gaza ‘red line’ for Israel, but his options are limited

‘Hamas gambled with our lives’: Gazans are now daring to speak out

Spring ‘breakup’: What’s behind the US beach town crackdown


The belonging and freedom from fear that come with peace and trust. Safety strengthens as it expands, not harming one at the expense of another.


A change driven by an honest desire to improve, which gives fresh strength and purpose.


South Carolina, Caitlin Clark, and the ongoing rise of women’s sports


Five ways Israel is changing after six months of war in Gaza

Podcast: Why We Wrote This

Reporting an immigration story that many have missed

The last coal plant in New England is sputtering. What happens next?

‘Expecting goodness to prevail,’ journalists clean up Poland’s state media

Uncertain but undeterred: Young Senegalese prepare to vote