Center Maryland joins today’s launch of NewsTrust Baltimore

Center Maryland is pleased to announce that we will be a media partner in the launch of NewsTrust Baltimore, a nonprofit social news network devoted to quality journalism.

The project – a two-month pilot program in Baltimore that starts on Monday, Jan. 31 – aims to help improve the “news literacy” of Baltimore residents, by helping them identify good journalism and better understand the sources of where they obtain their news.

The effort in Baltimore marks the first serious attempt by NewsTrust to focus on local journalism. Previously, NewsTrust has concentrated on national issues and national media, partnering with such media outlets as USA Today, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and PBS.

Over the next two months, NewsTrust and its partners in the local media, universities and high schools will create an online conversation at baltimore.newstrust.net about what constitutes good journalism, by identifying and evaluating a daily mix of print, online and broadcast stories about Baltimore.

Original content from Center Maryland will be among the stories featured on the local NewsTrust website, and Center Maryland’s founders will help participate in the online conversations.

In the first week of the pilot program, Center Maryland’s Howard Libit will help the NewsTrust team focus on political stories related to Baltimore and Maryland.

Center Maryland encourages its readers to go to NewsTrust to check out the conversation and consider signing up to help evaluate articles and add your thoughts about what constitutes quality journalism in Baltimore.

Funding for the pilot program has come from the Open Society Foundations.