NewsTrust Baltimore takes a local approach to media literacy and showcasing new journalism

NewsTrust sees its mission as helping readers find “good journalism” by giving people the tools to separate good from bad. But when it comes to journalism, good and bad aren’t exactly universal truths anymore. Is a story good if it adheres to facts but lacks strong writing? Is a story bad if it’s on a blog, regardless of how it’s reported? And what if its told through an ideological or political lens different from your own?

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Posted by Fabrice Florin - via Howard Rheingold, Nieman Journalism Lab, Fabrice Florin (t), miker1717 (t), Ray Nichols (t), Joey Baker (t), Matthew Nadler (t), Alfredo Ramos Jr (t), David Fox (t), Donica Mensing (t), Malorie Jae Lucich (t), Johan Jessen (t), Tshiung Han See (t), Josh_Young (t), Kaizar Campwala (t), Rachel Fus (t), Ellie Kesselman (t), Megan Taylor (t)
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Fabrice Florin
3.8
by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 9, 2011

I found this article about NewsTrust Baltimore to be accurate and thoughtful, with helpful context about this project and its news literacy mission.

Disclosure: Since I am the subject of this article, my rating will not be counted for this review, but I wanted to share it with our community, because it is interesting in its own right.

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Deborah Plummer
3.8
by Deborah Plummer - Feb. 9, 2011

I haven't read any articles from Neiman Journalism Lab so I chose "No" to the trust question. Otherwise, I found the article a good reminder of the mission of NewsTrust and wished it could be expanded across the country. There is so much misinformation; when 90% of our media is conservative and only 10% progressive, there's no chance for alternative ways of thinking. And, thinking is the aim for NewsTrust.

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Tina Carroll
4.0
by Tina Carroll - Feb. 9, 2011

Since starting a few weeks ago, NewsTrust Baltimore has provided a new, expansive and interesting source of news for the community. It is good to see the story of the inception of NewsTrust Baltimore itself highlighted here.

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Gordon Steen
4.0
by Gordon Steen - Feb. 15, 2011

I am having difficulty with this concept. I applaud the idea behind the effort, but I fail to understand how the NewsTrust effort supports the evolution of what is becoming the "new media". I would prefer a project that addresses the needs of the community in advancing its culture. Certainly good news reporting is a part of that, but for instance how do you address the recent report that says that people spend 60 seconds a day reading the news on their smart phones? The news reporting may be great, but unless journalists start examining the ecosystem that they have to work in and start figuring out how good journalism fits into that habitat, these very valid projects could turn out to be meaningless to the news consumer in the ... More »

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