Savannah, Georgia, United States • Founded in 2020 • Trust Project news partner since
The Current, a nonprofit news organization, aims to provide original, in-depth journalism covering Savannah and Coastal Georgia.
As an independent news organization, The Current's journalists work to increase awareness and accountability through solutions-oriented reporting and personal stories that affect communities in the coverage area.
The Current prioritizes coverage of health and education, economic development, public safety, social issues and the environment.
The Current says that its journalists must earn the trust of its readers every day and with every piece of content, and that professional integrity is the cornerstone of its credibility. The specifics and full ethics policy signed by each employee can be found here.
The Current is overseen by Grey Matters Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit with an independent board of directors. Grey Matters Project says that it recognizes the independence of editors and reporters of any journalism enterprise - news coverage of any funded project or news story shall remain independent of the donors and of Grey Matters Project. The organization has stated its commitment to transparency and full-disclosure of all donors, activities and interactions between the Board of Directors and newsroom.
The Current claims to be Georgia’s only women-led non-profit newsroom, and is committed to building an equitable organization. It aims to create a team over time whose demographics reflect the community served by the newsroom, representing multiple fault lines: race, gender, socioeconomic background, age and geography.
The Current aims to get facts right at every turn, and pledges to correct or clarify work promptly and transparently. When it publishes an error of fact, the newsroom will correct or clarify the story or item and replace it with correction information within the article and include an editor’s note about the change on the same web page.
The Current’s policy is avoid the use of unnamed sources - when it does, it says that this is only with the approval of the editor. Anonymous sources are reserved for when information is essential to an important story, and the verified information is unavailable any other way. The Current says that in these circumstances, its editors must know the name of the source.
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.