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Trust and Transparency

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Trust and Transparency


Journalism has a trust problem. Fewer than half of Americans say they can name a news organization that they think reports objectively. And, despite an abundance of news sources, most Americans say it’s becoming harder to stay informed. This is a problem not just for journalism – it’s a problem for democracy.

Rebuilding trust is a daunting task. At FRONTLINE, we believe one way to approach this challenge is by doubling down on transparency — opening up our reporting, and making the source material that goes into building our journalism not just available, but easily navigable and sharable.

That’s why we’re so pleased to share with you the newest installment of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project. It’s an interactive version of this week’s documentary from Michael Kirk and his team, Trump’s Takeover,which goes inside the battle for control of the Republican Party — and which couldn’t be more timely, in light of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s news this morning that he’ll join the record number of Republicans who won’t seek re-election after their current terms end.

This interactive film allows users to click to explore quotes from 16 of our key interviews in their original context. This means that when sources like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speak, you can click on an icon to immediately see their quotes in the context of their longer interviews.

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