At NewsTrust, we put a high value on transparency -- both from the news media and from our own reviewers. Using your real name on the NewsTrust site encourages a more civil, thoughtful level of discourse -- and we think transparency is generally preferable to hiding in the shadows of anonymity. But using your real name is just the first step in fostering more honest, constructive conversations about good journalism online. Consider telling us more about yourself, and increasing your member level on NewsTrust.
We all read and process the news media through our own particular filters. Rather than anonymizing these filters, the NewsTrust review system works best when our expertise and viewpoints are laid on the table for other reviewers to see. The more information you present to other NewsTrust reviewers about yourself, the better they can understand where you're coming from. Listing your expertise and occupation, for example, can give credibility to your review of a story on a related topic. At a practical level, your member level on NewsTrust is partially calculated based on how much of your member profile you've filled out. So the more information you present about yourself, the greater your review counts in determining the story's overall rating.
Inspired to fill out your member profile? You can do so by logging into the site, and then clicking the 'My Account' link at the top right corner of any NewsTrust window.
If you're concerned about privacy, consider the following tip. While you're editing your profile, you'll see a 'Show My Profile' option under the Other Membership Settings, as shown in the screen shot below.
You can uncheck this option if you'd like to prevent non-NewsTrust members from viewing your profile. Unchecking this option will also put your profile out of reach of search engines such as Google.
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