Faux local news sites and frightening headlines about the coronavirus can leave readers and viewers struggling to tell which news is truthful and which is misleading, false and even dangerous.
Now, The Denver Post is presenting the Trust Indicators on its pages in order to help the public easily recognize the real thing.
“The Denver Post has long been committed to serving as a trusted source for reliable news about our community. But through our work with The Trust Project, it is now easier for readers to find our policies, learn about our reporters’ deep and varied experiences, and contact us when you see an error,” Denver Post Editor Lee Ann Colacioppo said.
The Denver Post in March joined 33 other reliable news sites run by seven news organizations that have committed to the rigorous standards and disclosures of the global Trust Project. Approved news sites show who and what is behind a news story, enabling people to cut through the noise and make informed decisions about what to read and share. The incoming news partners extend the Trust Indicators’ reach in the United States, Canada, Spain and Hong Kong, making them available on more than 200 news sites.
“We are proud of the hard work and commitment to the public shown by The Denver Post,” said Sally Lehrman, founder and chief executive of the Trust Project. “As the Trust Project expands and more news sites adopt the Trust Indicators, now a globally accepted standard, we can slow the spread of false and misleading news and amplify the valuable journalism produced by reputable news organizations across the world.”
The Trust Indicators are implemented by news sites that go through a rigorous approval and compliance process. The March 2020 launch included major international, regional, local and independent organizations. In addition to CTV News and the National Observer, sites are joining the Trust Project from many parts of the world. The South China Morning Post is the first Trust Project news partner in Asia. Cambio 16, a Spanish language monthly current affairs magazine published in Madrid, strengthens the Trust Indicators’ presence in Europe – home to one quarter of the Trust Project’s news partners. The National Observer and CTV News extend the Trust Indicators to every province in Canada.
The Project’s news partners work together to present and strengthen the Trust Indicators, which highlight the standards and commitments that separate journalism from every other kind of information. The Trust Project also works with civic and news literacy organizations to use the Trust Indicators to enhance people’s ability to choose trustworthy news.
The Trust Indicators connect user needs and wants to the underpinnings of journalistic integrity. They include: Best Practices. Author/Reporter Expertise, Type of Work, Citations and References, Methods, Locally Sourced, Diverse Voices, and Actionable Feedback. For more information on each Trust Indicator, visit the Trust Project FAQ.
About the Trust Project:
The Trust Project is a global network of news organizations working to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The project created the Trust Indicators, which are a collaborative, journalism-generated standard for news that helps both regular people and the technology companies’ machines easily assess the authority and integrity of news. The Trust Indicators are based in robust user-centered design research and respond to public needs and wants. For more, visit thetrustproject.org.
The Trust Project is funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, Facebook, Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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