Apply: Pilot Cohort of the Journalism Trust Initiative – Colorado

The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) is an international effort to identify news sources that adhere to professional, industry standards for independent journalism reporting and transparency in a way that is more clearly distinguishable — by humans and by algorithms — as separate and apart from opaque or partisan news sources, community-created content, and other types of information. JTI is a project of Reporters Without Borders, which works for journalistic freedom, independence and pluralism all over the world.

The Journalism Trust Initiative: Colorado (JTI: Colorado) is an effort to increase trust in local journalism. Colorado is the first in the nation to pilot the JTI on a statewide scale. This project is presented in partnership with the Colorado News Collaborative, the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Media Project. JTI has hired local news and higher education leader Beth Potter to provide hands-on assistance to Colorado newsrooms in the pilot cohort and others over the years to come.

This summer, Colorado will become the first state in the nation to pilot the JTI on a statewide scale — starting with a pilot cohort of up to 12 local newsrooms that will receive technical support to complete the JTI self-assessment and strengthen or develop editorial guidelines that help build community trust. 

For the first cohort in particular, we will be seeking a diverse range of newsrooms representing various sizes, audiences, delivery formats and geographies. Applications will be submitted on behalf of each newsroom, but we ask that you plan ahead for  two people from your organization to participate. Consider who in your organization is positioned best — regardless of rank or role — to champion this work. Still not sure who should attend? Reach out to us at to discuss. 

JTI: Colorado will take place primarily at the Buell Public Media Center at 2101 Arapahoe Street in Denver. We’d love to have everyone join in-person, but virtual attendance will be considered on an as-needed basis. 

The first JTI: Colorado clinic will take place July 28 and 29.

Your newsroom can use the JTI standard to increase your trust and transparency indicators with the public, complete and publish JTI Transparency Reports, and get certified by independent auditors. 

The deadline to apply for this pilot cohort is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Space is limited with an overall cap to the pilot cohort of 12 newsrooms. 

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