Independent Publisher

Montana Free Press

Helena, Montana, United StatesFounded in 2016Trust Project news partner since

Montana Free Press produces in-depth, public-service journalism on state government and policy, the economy, environment and energy, health care and social justice.

The independent, nonpartisan organization retains 100% authority over its editorial content to protect its journalistic and business interests. It offers investigative news and analysis to its local audience. 

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Montana Free Press


Montana Free Press's mission is to produce in-depth public-service journalism that creates positive change and helps move society toward justice and equity. The publication seeks to uncover the truth and bring to light essential news stories by studying arcane bureaucratic processes, seeking out dark corners of major institutions, digging deep into data and documents and holding power accountable to the people. It works independently and in collaboration with other news outlets in its aim to produce meaningful news stories that have an impact on the lives and livelihoods of Montana communities.


Montana Free Press's policy states that it conducts its business with the highest standards of decency, fairness and accuracy. In the course of reporting news, Montana Free Press aims to be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information; treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect; remain free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know; and be accountable to its readers, listeners, viewers and each other. These standards are intended to apply equally to Montana Free Press employees, freelancers and all others engaged in gathering information on behalf of the publication.

Ownership & Funding

Montana Free Press is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit source for Montana news, information and analysis. 

Diverse Voices

Montana Free Press says it believes reflecting on and representing individuals of different races, classes, generations, disabilities, genders and geographies in its reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and create a better-informed community.


Montana Free Press strives to be accurate and complete in its news reporting, but it is not immune to mistakes. When a mistake is discovered in stories, headlines, photos, data visualizations, social media and any other Montana Free Press content, its policy is to issue a correction. This correction involves editing the content to remove the mistake and explaining in clear language when the correction was made, the correct information and context for why the correction was required. Readers who find factual errors can contact the newsroom at with the location and nature of the mistake. The editorial staff will review the information and issue a correction if necessary.

The Trust Project

The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations building standards of transparency and working with technology platforms to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy, inclusion and fairness so that the public can make informed news choices. It was founded and is led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman.

Our Funders

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, was our original funder, through the Trustworthy Journalism Initiative of Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Google followed with their financial support. Our funders also have included Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Facebook. Funders. Trust Project policies and the Trust Indicators are shaped and enforced independently from our funding sources.

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