The Trust Project expands its network and receives new funding

The latest pages expand the global impact of Trust Project Indicators on news literacy

As part of the Trust Project's campaign against fake websites peddling untruths, five news sites have received the Trust Mark and have joined the project's network of news organizations committed to transparency, impartiality and accuracy. The global trust network now extends to Panama and over 43 of the 50 US states, including a new on-air broadcast presence.

The non-profit also announced renewed funding from the Democracy Fund to promote trustworthy journalism as a means of supporting the democratic process.

"We pride ourselves on helping more people around the world use the Trust Indicators to find a trusted information partner who will enable them to make informed decisions about their lives, their communities and their governments," said Sally Lehrman , Founder and CEO of the Trust Project. "Our new partner sites deepen their commitment to the fundamentals of journalism, including reporting with integrity, honesty and inclusion at heart."

The Trust Mark logo indicates that a website has made certain commitments and displays the 8 Trust Indicators®, a global standard for message transparency and integrity, on its pages. The 8 confidence indicators show in detail who and what is behind a particular news site and help people to easily distinguish impartial journalism from rumors and deceit - which is critical at all times, but especially important today.

The news sites expand the Trust Project's network into new regions of Brazil, the Spanish region of Catalonia, Panama and much of the United States that are underserved by news organizations:

The leading news site in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, A Gazeta, delivers daily local and regional content on a wide range of topics of public interest.

Amazônia Real shows a network of reporters, many of them indigenous themselves, who cover environmental issues along the Amazon and highlight the indigenous and riverside populations, especially those that are not covered by the mainstream press.

The high-circulation daily newspaper The Newspaper of Catalonia serves her region and Spain in general with progressive, secular attention to human, social and economic rights, with a focus on people, the planet and progress.

La Prensa is a respected independent voice in Panama, without a single controlling owner, who has even seen several forced government shutdowns over its 40 years. Its job is to strengthen democracy in Panama.

Public News Service provides approximately 60 million people weekly with reports from more than 4.000 local radio, print, television and online stations, with a focus on rural communities that receive little media attention. Through the news service, viewers will now routinely hear the confidence indicators on the air.

The new partners went through an extensive process to implement the 8 trust indicators of the Trust Project - they evaluated and updated guidelines, created new procedures and added transparency to existing standards. The 8 Trust Indicators, developed by The Trust Project in collaboration with the public and leaders in news organizations worldwide, help the news media hold themselves accountable and focus on the public interest. They are increasingly used as a means of training news literacy and external assessment of the validity of news sites.

The 8 confidence indicators include:

1. Best practices (standards and guidelines) 2. Journalistic expertise 3. Types of work labels 4. References to claims 5. Reporting methods 6. Local expertise and sources of supply 7. Diverse voices and perspectives 8. Actionable feedback (public engagement)

The Democracy Fund, along with Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook, and Google, is a valued donor to the Trust Project. The guidelines of the trust project and the trust indicators are designed and enforced independently of the funding sources of the project.

To learn more about The Trust Project and the 8 Trust Indicators, visit

Information about The Trust Project:

The Trust Project is a global network of news organizations working to reaffirm and reinforce journalism's commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The project developed the Trust Indicators, a collaborative journalism-generated standard for the transparency of news that helps both people and algorithms to easily assess the authority and integrity of news. The confidence indicators are based on solid user-centered design research and correspond to the needs and wants of the public. The Trust Project, Trust Indicators and the Trust Mark logo are exclusive trademarks of The Trust Project. More information is available at

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