The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations collaborating to create standards of transparency in journalism with the goal of building a more trustworthy and trusted press. Led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, it is hosted by Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Search engines and social media platforms, which have become important news distributors, are participating as external partners.
We apply a user-centered design process. Based on dozens of in-depth interviews with a diverse spectrum of public voices, news executives involved in the Trust Project identified and designed a system of “Trust Indicators” — that is, standardized disclosures about the news outlet, the journalist, and the commitments behind a story — to make it easy for the public to identify trustworthy news. Digital platforms, such as Google, Facebook, Bing, and Twitter, can use the Trust Indicators and the machine-readable signals associated with them to surface trustworthy news to their users.
Kathimerini English Edition is a daily newspaper published in Athens and is distributed exclusively with the International New York Times in Greece and Cyprus. Written by a dedicated editorial team, Kathimerini English Edition provides readers with a comprehensive summary of the main political, business, social and cultural news in Greece.
Kathimerini is a daily, political and financial newspaper whose operations are based in Athens, Greece. It was founded by George A. Vlahos, and its first edition was published on the 15th of September, 1919. In its almost 100 years of existence, Kathimerini carries a legacy of reliability and prestige, and has consistently incorporated a polyphony of opinions and beliefs in its pages.
Kathimerini is fully dedicated to its mission to provide consistent, detailed and broad coverage to its readers. Everyday on its print and digital editions, the newspaper publishes a meticulously curated mixture of breaking news, articles, analysis, and opinion pieces.
Kathimerini seeks to contribute to the global media ecosystem with diverse and multi-faceted reporting - a mission which is reflected in the multitude of sections it includes (Politics, News, World, Culture, Finance, Sports). By systematically separating news in these sections, and dedicating a lot of time and capital in each, Kathimerini seeks to ensure that its readers are informed holistically and can be active citizens in all facets of life.
For Kathimerini, it is of the utmost importance not only to carefully curate its sections, but also to distinguish the content it publishes based on what type of article it is. In this context, the newspaper always flags its content - by the use of titles in its print edition, and tags in the digital one - to clarify if it is a news piece, an expert analysis, or an opinion piece. The goal is to be fully transparent with our readers, and enable them to separate objective truths from subjective interpretation.
Kathimerini is in constant contact with its journalistic personnel, and directs their work in line with the following ethical principles:
In line with the principles of impartiality and diversity of views, Kathimerini remains fully committed to cultivating a diverse and non-discriminatory workforce. The journalistic personnel of the newspaper reflects the wider spectrum of society, and is selected with no discrimination on the basis of gender, class, generation, sexual orientation or political opinion. The administration is working hard everyday to ensure diversity in its staff as well as the content it publishes.
By reflecting society’s differences, the newspaper aims to improve its coverage and build a more informed and inclusive journalistic community.
We plan to collect and publish diversity data within the coming year.
Kathimerini is committed to promptly correcting any wrong information or error found in its content, regardless of the size or gravity of the mistake. When our staff notices a minor error, the digital version of the text changes within just a few seconds and we note that a correction has been made. In the case of an error of extreme proportions, the newspaper may publish a relevant letters from its readers to flag the mistake.
If a reader is interested in reporting a potential error, he or she can contact the newspaper secretariat directly.
The newspaper is part of the private entity “I KATHIMERINI A.E.”. The company’s mission is to provide an umbrella structure for the publication of daily newspapers, magazines, special print issues and administration of printer and pressing centers. More information about the company profile and the ownership structure can be accessed here.
Kathimerini makes every effort to verify and fact-check the information it publishes. We take a series of steps to ensure our content accuracy and investigate every claim with detailed questioning and skepticism. Every article that gets published goes through a thorough and intense scrutiny by a team of journalists, editors and copyeditors.
Wherever possible, we try to verify the information by consulting an expert, and always make clear who provides the information we publish. We are always guiding our journalistic and editorial team to ask the following questions in order to fact-check successfully:
In the interest of maintaining a relationship of trust with its readers, Kathimerini tries to publish the sources of the information it reports on with almost no exception. However, the newspaper recognizes that there are a few cases where it has to protect the anonymity of the source, either in order to secure more information or in order to protect the security of the source, in line with the code of journalistic ethics. Kathimerini is particularly cautious in cases where the source may encounter legal or physical risk due to the information it has provided.
At the same time, the editorial and journalistic team of the newspaper makes sure to cross-reference any information it receives, from any source, in order to always remain accountable to the pursuit of truth.
Kathimerini has a no bylines policy that is reserved for articles that do not contain original content, and are comprised of a news agency report, news syndication, or translations of foreign publications that the newspaper collaborates with. In all such cases, the newspaper always flags clearly the original source of the content.