News “Trust” Ratings Launches in US

NewsGuard Technologies, a new service that uses journalists to rate news and information sites, launched its first product today: web extensions that let users view vetted, non-partisan trust ratings for news and information websites. Users can install the extension for the Microsoft Edge browser and Google Chrome, and websites will feature either red or green rating icons. NewsGuard, co-founded by journalist Steven Brill and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz, says that by October it hopes to have completed ratings for 2,000 sites responsible for 98 percent of the news and information shared online in English in the US. Brill says Spanish language sites will be added by year end.

Source: Axios

Posted on: August 28, 2018

Guardian Australia’s New Journalism Trust

The Guardian Australia announced a new philanthropic fund this week, the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust. The trust has been established with the Centre for Advancing Journalism in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne to provide funding towards journalism projects that advance public discourse and citizen participation around areas such as the environment, indigenous affairs, human rights, inequality and governance and accountability. So far, the trust has raised $700,000 in philanthropic grants. All projects have an educational component and include the Balnaves Foundation grant for in-depth reporting and educational activities on indigenous affairs and the Susan McKinnon Foundation's grant for investigative reporting and educational activities on governance and political accountability.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: March 5, 2018