Draft CWA by the CEN/WS - Journalism Trust Initiative is made available for public review and commenting  

Objectives:
The ultimate goal of the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ (JTI) is to support the universal, individual freedom of opinion through access to information and independent, pluralistic media.
It aims at supporting journalism worthy of its name by rewarding compliance with ethical norms and professional best practices. To that end, signals for trustworthiness in the information space shall be developed and implemented.
The objective is to inform both human and algorithmic decision making at the nexus of distribution and consumption of journalistic content online so that a more healthy digital media landscape could emerge from which each citizen and media worker, but also societies at large could benefit.

Initiators:
The original Proposer of JTI is Reporter sans frontières – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who is supported by the following co-Proposers:

  • Agence France Presse (AFP);
  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and
  • Global Editors Network (GEN).

Scope:
To meet its objective, the scope of this Initiative is to develop a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), covering the following work packages:

  • Work Package I: Identity and Transparency (tell us who you are);
  • Work Package II: Accountability and Professionalism (tell us how you work);
  • Work Package III: Independence and Ethics (tell us what your values are).

More information about a CWA in general is available here.

Milestones:
The consensus outcome of the Workshop will be published as a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), which is expected to be finalized by the end of 2019.

Thus far, the following milestones have been reached:

  • The kick-off meeting took place on 23 May 2018 at AFP – Agence France Presse in Paris, where the Project Plan was discussed and adopted (downloadable below);
  • The 1st CEN Workshop meeting took place on 5 October 2018 at Afnor – Association française de normalisation in Paris, where a Chairman and drafting committees where appointed and their assignment was scoped;
  • The 2nd CEN Workshop meeting took place on 5 February 2019 at the UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationin Paris, where first drafts were discussed and reviewed;
  • The 3rd CEN Workshop meeting took place on 7 June 2019 at the EBU – European Broadcasting Union in Geneva, where the draft CEN Workshop Agreement was adopted and released (downloadable below) for public consultation.

The 4th CEN Workshop meeting will be held in November 2019 to review comments and adopt the final CWA.

Call for Consultation:
The group of organizers of and contributors to this Initiative invite the general public and professional communities to submit their comments to the draft CEN Workshop Agreement.

The document and a separate comments form are downloadable below.

The deadline for submissions to be sent to the Workshop Secretary Ms Fanny LANNOY (fanny.lannoy@afnor.org) is 18 October 2019.
Questions may be addressed to the JTI team: jti@rsf.org.

Download the documents:

Please note that the official working language of the Workshop is English.