Trust Project adds 27 leading local and community sites and newsletters

“With war, pandemic and economic hardship creating fertile ground for lies and uncertainty, we are proud that so many sites are stepping up their commitment to the public,” said Sally Lehman, founder and CEO of the Trust Project. “These organizations go beyond lip service to accountability. They have worked hard to build integrity, honesty and inclusion into their day-to-day practices.”

Local media and ethnic media play a vital role as trusted information partners for their communities. With the 8 Trust Indicators™, they clearly stand out from paid and hyper-partisan sites that distort the facts to serve their agendas.

With this group, trust indicators will be displayed for the first time on a Native American-focused news site and on trustworthy, journalism-focused newsletters. Forum Communications, a family-owned media and technology company in business since 1878, is releasing the Trust Indicators for the first time to the public this week on 20 news sites. The Project Trust welcomes:

Agweek (Forum Communications Company) is dedicated to agricultural news and information, agricultural news and trends, crop issues and details in North Dakota, Minnesotaand South Dakota.

Alexandria Echo Press (Forum) delivers award-winning news reported by community reporters in the only local newspaper in Douglas County, Minnesota.

The pioneer Bemidji (Forum) is the trusted source for local news, sports, tourism, weather and more by North Central Community Reporters Minnesota.

Brainerd Expedition (Forum) provides local news, sports, weather and outdoor adventures 24/7 to Crow Wing County, Minn.and beyond.

buffalo firepublished by the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance and based on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakotais dedicated to regional Indigenous news independent of tribal government funding and influence.

Daily Capitalan independent daily newspaper, brings investigative and explanatory news and analysis to Victoria, BCreaders through its website and newsletter.

The Dickinson Press (Forum) serves the southwest North Dakota with the latest local news, sports, energy and tourism coverage.

DL online (Forum) provides community news as an online branch of the Detroit Lakes Tribune, which reported on the Lakes Region of Minnesota for over 150 years.

the jamestown Sun (Forum) provides 24/7 coverage of local news, sports, agriculture and tourism to Stutsman County and all the center-south North Dakota.

Duluth Newsstand (Forum) covered local news for North East communities Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin for over 150 years.

Examiner’s news publishes award-winning community print newspapers, local news website and bonus content newsletter in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.

The globe (Forum) continues a deep legacy of more than 150 years of reporting local news, sports, security issues and business updates from nine southwestern counties Minnesota.

Herald of Grand Forks (Forum) provides the latest local news to much of the North East North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

InForum (Forum) provides 24/7 local news coverage for the South East North Dakota and northwest Minnesotacombining the reporting power of The Forum and WDAY-TV.

Mitchell Republic (Forum) offers timely local news and insights on Davison County, South Dakotaand surrounding communities with a team of dedicated journalists.

Montana Free Press produces in-depth public service journalism on government and state politics, highlighting the economy, environment, energy, health care and social justice.

Park Rapids Company (Forum) offers a rich history of over 140 years of reporting on local news, weather, tourism and outdoor adventures for residents and visitors of the park rapids domain of Minnesota.

Perham tuning (Forum) covers local news, area tourism, business and more as the oldest news source in Otter Tail County, Minn.

Echo Log of Pines and Lakes (Forum) provides the latest local news, reported by community reporters, to much of Crow Wing CountyMinnesota.

pine log (Forum) provides news and updates 24/7 in Carlton County, Minn.providing reliable local news, business information, sports coverage and much more.

Publish a newsletter (Forum) provides award-winning local news 24/7 at Rochester, Minnesota.and all of southeast Minnesota with a team of community reporters., owned by the non-profit Sonoma County Local News Initiative Californiagrew out of four local newspapers, three of which were founded more than 130 years ago.

Upper Telegram (Forum) provides local news, business updates and entertainment coverage to Douglas County and all the northwest Wisconsin.

Wadena Pioneer Diary (Forum) provides 24/7 coverage of local sports, business and safety news for otter tail and Wadena central counties Minnesota.

Midwest Grandstand (Forum), with a team of award-winning journalists, serves as a trusted source for the latest local news covering seven central counties Minnesota.

The Trust Mark logo indicates that a news site has implemented the 8 trust indicators and made specific commitments to transparency, fairness and accuracy. Trust indicators help both people and algorithms easily assess the authority and integrity of information. They are increasingly used as a tool for information literacy training and for external assessment of the validity of news sites.

The Trust Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Google, and Democracy Fund. Trust Project policies and trust indicators are shaped and enforced independently of funding sources.

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