Giving Compass' Take:

As American trust in media and democracy declines, The Aspen Institute created a commission in partnership with the Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to rebuild confidence in democratic systems.

How can you gauge trust in democracy in your community? Why does it matter?

Here are 10 ways to build trust in media and democracy.


Together, the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, have convened a blue-ribbon commission on Trust, Media and Democracy. Facing the current crisis of declining trust in American institutions — most notably 52% of Americans now report “not very much” to “none at all” in regard to their trust and confidence in the press [1]—this Commission seeks to:

  • Examine the causes and consequences of a collapse in trust in democratic institutions, with a focus on trust in the media, journalism and the information ecosystem.
  • Identify the perennial and emerging values and social obligations that should guide those who produce, distribute and consume news and information to ensure a functioning democracy.

In doing so, the Commission faces a range of questions from what factors are contributing to this decline in trust to how do citizens make assessments of truth and evaluate sources of information to what are the impacts of technology on information distribution and consumption and more. To answer such questions, the Commission, comprised of 26 members from the fields of media and journalism, technology and development, higher education, marketing and so on, will host a number of public discussions across the country.

Read the full article about trust in the media at The Aspen Institute.