Trust in American democratic institutions has steadily declined for decades due in large part to a rapidly changing information ecosystem. Without trust, democracy cannot function. To address this, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program are launching the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy. This nonpartisan commission will explore causes for the erosion of trust in democratic institutions, in particular the press. It will also identify new thinking and solutions around rebuilding trust.
The Commission is comprised of 25 thinkers and doers from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, committed to understanding both the causes and consequences of the growing distrust in democracy institutions. Click here for a full list of the Commission members.
The first official Commission meeting is October 12, 2017 in New York City at the New York Public Library. Subsequent meetings will take place around the country through 2018. To attend the public session of the New York meeting, please register here.