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Osage News joins The Trust Project to advance trustworthy news

8 Trust Indicators™ help public identify honest journalism; encourage accountability and integrity

In a strong stance against the flood of disinformation causing division and doubt, Osage News has implemented the Trust Project’s 8 Trust Indicators to help readers and viewers easily recognize trustworthy news. They join more than 265 news outlets committed to socially responsible, transparent journalism. Osage News is the first tribally owned news organization in the U.S. to join the project.

“Transparency and trust are foundational to our relationships with our readers,” said Tara McLain Manthey, vice chair of the Osage News Editorial Board. “We hope that increasing our transparency and aligning our policies and practices with industry best practices will strengthen those relationships.”

Osage News underwent an extensive, 10-month process to implement the 8 Trust Indicators – strengthening policies, training staff, and restructuring their site for transparency.

The 8 Trust Indicators are a widely accepted integrity and accountability standard developed by The Trust Project in collaboration with the public and news organizations worldwide. The Indicators help people know who and what is behind a given news story through disclosures about:

  • Best Practices (standards and policies)
  • Journalist Expertise
  • Type of Work Labels
  • References behind claims
  • Methods of reporting
  • Local expertise and sourcing
  • Diverse Voices and perspectives
  • Actionable Feedback (public engagement)

“We proudly welcome Osage News into the global Trust Project. Their commitment to accuracy, inclusion, impartiality and accountability underscores journalism’s vital role in every community – and throughout democracy,” said Sally Lehrman, founder and chief executive of the Trust Project. “Together, the Trust Project Network amplifies integrity-based journalism and slows the spread of false and misleading claims around the world.”

To learn more about The Trust Project and the 8 Trust Indicators, visit

About the Trust Project:

The Trust Project is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit working with a global network of news organizations to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The Trust Indicators are a collaborative, journalism-generated standard for news that helps both people and algorithms easily assess the authority and integrity of news. For more, visit

About Osage News: Osage News is an independent news organization dedicated to coverage of the Osage Nation on behalf of Osage citizens everywhere. Our daily digital news site,, is complemented by our monthly print newspaper delivered for free via mail to Osages across the world. The excellence of our coverage is frequently recognized by the Native American Journalists Association and the Society for Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Chapter, including five annual awards for Best Newspaper in our division.

Osage News Staff
Stories that are not primarily written by an Osage News staff member will have a “Osage News” byline. These stories include press releases and other community content that was drafted by someone externally but reviewed and approved for publication by Osage News. As an independent news organization, we strive to report news and information with fairness and balance. While being the official news organization of the Osage Nation, we base our news judgements on our loyalties to our readers and Osage citizens, and we are not directly beholden to the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branches of the Osage Nation.

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