Forum Communications Company
Bemidji, Minnesota, United States • Founded in 1896 • Trust Project news partner since
The Bemidji Pioneer is a source for local news, sports, tourism, weather and more by community-based journalists in north-central Minnesota.
Bemidji Pioneer inherits best practices policies from its parent news organization Forum Communications.
With a focus on quality storytelling in both print and digital platforms, the Bemidji Pioneer strives to produce and deliver local journalism that truly matters to the people of the Bemidji region. The publication's highest priorities are truth, accuracy and public service — shining light on issues that affect the local community, from the inner workings of local government to children’s education and the safety of local neighborhoods. Bemidji Pioneer also strives to show the brighter side of the news, sharing stories about the people and organizations that make a positive difference in the community and beyond.
Forum Communications newsrooms abide by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Reporters are expected to seek the truth and report it fairly and accurately, minimize harm by treating subjects as human beings deserving of respect, act independently from outside influence and be accountable and transparent in their reporting.
Forum Communications is a family-owned network of community-driven newsrooms, broadcast stations and new media products. All editorial decisions are made locally by local editors. The company has been owned and operated by the Black/Marcil family since 1917.
Forum Communication's readership is diverse, and their publications aim to provide audiences with diverse voices and contributions. They seek diversity in ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, age, geography and areas of interest with the mission of serving underrepresented communities and creating a safe space for diverse voices to share their views and ideas.
Forum newsrooms make every effort to report stories that are fair, accurate and thorough. If a correction or clarification is needed, the original online story will be amended and noted as “updated.” At the end of the story, readers will see an italicized note explaining the change.
When possible, corrections and clarifications will be filed in the print or e-edition immediately following the discovery of the error, in consultation with an editor. Corrections will refer to the headline, page and edition while clearly stating the correct facts. We will not restate the error.
Forum Communications newsrooms are reluctant to use unnamed sources and will do so only when the information they can provide is essential to an important story and can’t get be obtained any other way. Editors must approve the use of all anonymous sources and will know the name of the source. Using an unnamed source is rare and reporters do not grant “off the record” interviews without discussion with an editor.
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.
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.