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Publisher renews commitment to anti-‘fake news’ scheme

Reach squareA newspaper publisher has renewed its commitment to a project launched to combat the phenomenon of “fake news”.

HTFP reported in 2017 how Reach plc predecessor Trinity Mirror had signed up titles including the Birmingham Mail, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News and Wales Online to The Trust Project, which was set up to help readers judge the credibility of news websites they have never previously visited.

All of Reach’s regional titles have since been signed up to the scheme, with a number of titles publishing pieces explaining their involvement in recent weeks.

An explainer on Lincolnshire Live has set out changes to its site as part of the project.

It states: “Key changes on the Lincolnshire Live website include an extended About Us page setting out our journalistic values, key editors, our ownership and funding and feedback and corrections mechanisms.

“More information about our writers, both on articles and on writer profile pages, reached by clicking on names shown in red.

“Clearer signposting of the type of story you are reading – look out for labels highlighting a story as Analysis, a Review, Background, Opinion, Satire or Sponsored.

“The indicators will help search engines and social media differentiate between news sites that believe in the best standards in journalism, and those that do not.”