Kathimerini joins global ini­tia­tive de­signed to boost news trans­parency

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In re­sponse to the me­dia’s cred­i­bil­ity cri­sis, Kathimerini is the first news or­ga­ni­za­tion in Greece to proudly join The Trust Project, a global con­sor­tium of 120 news or­ga­ni­za­tions united in the mis­sion of cre­at­ing stan­dards of trans­parency in jour­nal­ism.

Kathimerini’s new fam­ily in­cludes es­teemed me­dia out­lets such as The Globe and Mail, The Wash­ing­ton Post and The Econ­o­mist, as well as a num­ber of tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies that have rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way in­for­ma­tion is trans­mit­ted – among them Face­book, Google and Twit­ter. There is a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy be­hind The Trust Project’s mis­sion: to drop the cur­tains and un­veil the prac­tices be­hind jour­nal­ism.

At the heart of The Trust Project’s ini­tia­tive lie its “trust in­di­ca­tors,” a de­tailed eval­u­a­tion of the qual­ity and cred­i­bil­ity of each ar­ti­cle, carried out by a global team of top ex­ec­u­tives in jour­nal­ism and tech­nol­ogy. They are of­fered by news­rooms to pro­vide clar­ity on who and what is be­hind a news story so that peo­ple can eas­ily as­sess whether it comes from a cred­i­ble source.

By join­ing the Trust Project net­work, Kathimerini will in­cor­po­rate the in­di­ca­tors into its web­sites, and au­to­mat­i­cally re­port them to search en­gines and tech­nol­ogy plat­forms.

As a re­sult of the sec­ond wave of ex­pan­sion that Kathimerini is par­tic­i­pat­ing in, to­gether with out­lets such as El Pais, CBC and Sky News, to­day more than 120 news sites around the world are show­ing the Project’s Trust In­di­ca­tors, ex­tend­ing their reach to 217 mil­lion readers per month.

The Trust Project’s suc­cess is a tes­ta­ment to the hard work of its founder, award-win­ning journalist Sally Lehrman, and Santa Clara Univer­sity’s Markkula Cen­ter for Ap­plied Ethics, where the project is hosted.

The Trust Project’s ef­forts are funded by Craig New­mark Phi­lan­thropies, Google, The John S. and James L. Knight Foun­da­tion, the Democ­racy Fund and the Markkula Foun­da­tion.

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