Trust Project Working Groups

Our thanks to the many individuals and their organizations who contributed time and expertise to the Trust Indicators and their editorial and technical definitions, the Trust Project branding identity, and to overall strategy. Our amazing volunteers include:

  • The News Leadership Council, which guides the Trust Project on our Trust Indicators and advises on core issues related to information literacy and rebuilding trust in journalism within a fractious, so-called post-fact environment.
  • The Trust Project Branding Group, expert designers who collaborated on creating our branding identity and Trust Mark logo under the leadership of Devin Slater, formerly design director at The Globe and Mail.
  • The UX Working Groups (Americas, Europe) and Development Working Groups (Americas, Europe), who worked together on the details needed to implement the Trust Indicators and associated markup vocabulary on news sites.
  • The community, which collaborated with The Trust Project on new technical vocabulary for the structured data behind each Trust Indicator. A special shout-out to Dan Brickley, who led the charge.
  • The many news executives and partners who develop editorial definitions for the following Trust Indicators, labels that will help differentiate quality news from poorly reported news, press releases and propaganda:


Trust Project Branding / UX Working Groups / Development Working Groups / Best Practices / Citations/References / Article Type / Journalist Expertise / Type of Work Labels / Local / Diverse Voices / Actionable Feedback

Trust Project Branding

Nick Etemadipour, Independent Journal ReviewDevin Slater, The Globe and Mail
Jordan Flaig, Independent Journal ReviewPatrick Slawinski, USA Today
João Matos, Deutsch Presse-AgenturJessica Squires, Trinity Mirror plc

UX Working Groups

Tamar Gur, BBCGabe Travers, Hearst
Luisa Sousa, BBCNick Etemadipour, Independent Journal Review
Joao Matos, dpaJulia Smith, Institute for Nonprofit News
Martin Virtel, dpaMarcus Moretti, Mic
Ana-Maria Bourceanu, EconomistMatt Ericson, New York Times
Jon Warden, Haymarket MediaAngela Barber, The Globe and Mail
Marco Antonutti, La Stampa/La RepubblicaDevin Slater, The Globe and Mail
Paul Moore, Trinity MirrorKatie Parker, Washington Post
Jessica Squires, Trinity MirrorPatrick Slawinski, USA Today

Development Working Groups

James Logan, BBCGreg Gerrein, Hearst
Elsa Ranjith, BBCMichael Rosellini, Hearst
Afroditi Katika, BBCNick Etemadipour, Independent Journal Review
Kathryn Jonas, EconomistJulia Smith, Institute for Nonprofit News
Adam Smith, EconomistRC Lations, Institute for Nonprofit News
Martin Virtel, dpaMarcus Moretti, Mic
Mark Payton, HaymarketMatthew Ericson, New York Times
Covato Giuseppe, La Stampa/La RepubblicaEvan Sandhaus, New York Times
Ann Gripper, Trinity MirrorAngela Barber, The Globe and Mail
Rob Hammond, Trinity MirrorDevin Slater, The Globe and Mail
Greg Barber, Washington Post
Kate Chipman, USA Today

Best Practices

Karen Pensiero, Wall Street JournalBrent Jones, USA Today
Robertson Barrett, Hearst NewspapersCarlos Martinez de la Serna, Univision
John Daniszewski, Associated PressRobert McKenzie, BBC
Christoph Dernbach, dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur)Contributions by Diversity Working Group
Elizabeth Jensen, National Public Radio

Journalist Expertise

Tyler Chance, Wall Street JournalMichelle Srbinovich, WDET (Detroit Public Radio)
Jennifer Hicks, Wall Street JournalRobin Honderich, The Star
Jana Lavrov, Zeit OnlineContributions by Diversity Working Group


Peter Bale, Center for Public Integrity, WikiTribuneManny Garcia,
Greg Barber, Washington PostDavid Walmsley, The Globe and Mail
Matt Ericson, New York TimesLouis Wustemann, LexisNexis UK

Type of Work Labels

Greg Barber, Washington PostPeggy Northrop, Shebooks
Celeste LeCompte, ProPublicaMizell Stewart, Gannett
Anna Masera, La StampaContributions by New York Times and Washington Post
Hildegunn Soldal, Dagbladet


Cheryl Carpenter, McClatchy CompanyRichard Gingras, Google
Phillip Davis, (ex) Intel corp.Emiliya Mychasuk, Financial Times
John Drescher, The News and ObserverEsteban Roman, El Universal
Rudy Galfi, GoogleContributions by other working groups
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Washington Post


Steve Ackermann, RaycomBarbara Maushard, Hearst Television
Marisa Porto, Daily Press Media Group

Diverse Voices

Jason Begay, Native American Journalists Association/University of MontanaKaren Magnuson, USA TODAY Network and ASNE
Paul Cheung, Asian American Journalists Association/Associated PressRiitta Pihlajamaki, Yle
Kristen Go, Common Sense NewsTracie Monique Powell, Senior Fellow at Democracy Fund
Evelyn Hsu, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Actionable Feedback

Bruce Koon, KQED San FranciscoJoyce Terhaar, Sacramento Bee
Mark Payton, Haymarket Consumer Media

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