We are living in a time where trust in the news is at an all-time low.
of respondents said they trust the news in a global survey from the 2019 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report.
said they trust news they find through search engines.
less than a quarter, say they feel they can trust news that is served up to them through social media.
There is more than one reason for this decline in trust.
A decline in freedom of the press
Historical Trends in Press Freedom
Percent of countries where the press is considered free, by year
Less revenue means fewer reporters on the ground
Steady decline in U.S Employment
Reporter and correspondent jobs by year
The spread of misinformation
“Thinking about online news, I am concerned about what is real and what is fake on the internet.”
So how can we trust what we read? The Civil Registry represents trust.
The Civil community governs the Civil Registry.
Newsrooms apply to join the Civil Registry, and it is the community that vets newsroom applicants to ensure that they meet the standards laid out in the Civil Constitution.
Members of the community are charged with ensuring that all newsrooms on the Civil Registry continue to abide by these ethical standards. Members have the power to challenge any newsroom that does not uphold the Constitution, and vote on issues using Civil tokens.
In the first three months after the Civil Registry launch, 422 members have staked 6 challenges to newsroom applications, as well as two separate appeals, and cast more than 4 million tokens worth of votes in challenges. We see community governance thriving.
ConstitutionThe Civil Constitution endeavors to document and prescribe the foundational standards and ethical guidelines for independent journalism across the globe. This text was created in collaboration with hundreds of editors, reporters, academics and the public and is a living document that will continue to evolve over time.
More than 50 independent newsrooms across five continents have been approved by the Civil community to participate in the Civil Registry.
These newsrooms have publicly committed to adhering to the principles of ethical journalism laid out in the Civil Constitution. They will continue to be held accountable for the quality of their journalism by the Civil community for as long as they are on the Civil Registry, and if they falter, it is at the discretion of the Civil community to initiate a challenge.