Trust Project adds 27 leading local and community sites and newsletters

Press release | The trust project

A Native American news site and 24 local news sites – some over 150 years old – representing 27 news vehicles in total have been awarded the trustmark, accelerating the Trust Project’s campaign to improve trustworthy news .

“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 Lehrman, 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, Minnesota and South Dakota.

Alexandria Echo Press ( Forum) offers 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 community reporters in North Central Minnesota.

Brainerd Expedition (Forum) provides 24/7 local news, sports, weather and outdoor adventure news in Crow Wing County, Minnesota and beyond.

buffalo firepublished by the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance and based on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, is 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 readers in Victoria, British Columbia through its website and newsletter.

The Dickinson Press (Forum) serves southwestern 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 has reported on the Minnesota Lakes region for more than 150 years.

The Jamestown Sun (Forum) provides 24/7 coverage of local news, sports, agriculture and tourism in Stutsman County and throughout south-central North Dakota.

Duluth Newsstand (Forum) has been covering local news from communities in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin for over 150 years.

Examiner’s news publishes award-winning community print newspapers, a local news website and a 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, safety issues and business updates from nine southwestern Minnesota counties.

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

InForum (Forum) provides 24/7 local news coverage for southeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, combining the reporting power of The Forum and WDAY-TV.

Mitchell Republic (Forum) offers timely local news and information about Davison County, South Dakota and surrounding communities with a team of dedicated reporters.

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 more than 140 years of reporting on local news, weather, tourism and outdoor adventures for residents and visitors to the Park Rapids area of ​​Minnesota.

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

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

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

Publish a newsletter (Forum) provides award-winning local news 24/7 in Rochester, MN and throughout Southeast Minnesota with a team of community reporters., owned by the nonprofit Sonoma County Local News Initiative in California, grew out of four local newspapers, three of which were founded more than 130 years ago.

Upper Telegram (Forum) provides local news, business updates and recreation coverage in Douglas County and throughout Northwestern Wisconsin.

Wadena Pioneer Diary (Forum) provides local 24/7 coverage of sports, business and safety in Otter Tail and Wadena counties in central Minnesota.

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

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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About Project Trust:

The Trust Project is a global network of news organizations working collaboratively to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The Trust Project, the Trust Indicators and the Trust Mark logo are proprietary marks of The Trust Project. To learn more, visit

Harry L. Blanchard