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The Trust in News Project looks at what digital news sources people trust, why people invest their trust in them, and what publishers and platforms can do to help people make decisions about what news to trust online. The project is funded with a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project. 

About the project

The project will research trust in digital news in Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, markets which account for more than one billion internet users and a wide range of media systems and contexts.

The project involves different forms of research, including both qualitative and quantitative methods and ongoing engagement with professional journalists, publishers, and other relevant stakeholders by offering two fellowships for journalists interested in working on trust to join us in Oxford, and series of workshops with industry stakeholders, and collaborations with other relevant parties.

The research team

The project team, led by our Director Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and our Senior Research Fellow and research team leader Dr Richard Fletcher, will begin work in the summer of 2020.

The Reuters Institute is currently recruiting for a Senior Research Fellow to work on the Trust in News Project. For more information on this role, see our vacancies webpage.


The Facebook Journalism Project has provided a £3.3m donation ($4m) to fund the Trust in News Project over the next three years. The research grant was announced in early 2020.

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