Per the Trust Project, Investigate Midwest labels all its content to clearly alert readers to the kind of content they are consuming.

INVESTIGATIVE: In-depth examination of a single subject requiring extensive research and resources.

ANALYSIS: Based on factual reporting, although it incorporates the expertise of the journalist and may offer interpretations and conclusions. 

NEWS: Based on facts, either observed and verified firsthand by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources. 

EXPLAINER: Provides context or background, definition and detail on a specific topic to help readers understand how something works or what has happened in the past.  

FACT CHECK: Checks a specific statement or set of statements asserted as fact and issues a verdict on accuracy. 

HELP US REPORT: Asks for input, insights, clarifications, anecdotes, documentation, etc. 

NEWS SERVICE: Produced externally by an organization we trust to adhere to journalistic standards.

BEHIND THE STORY: Clarifies why and how a story was reported. 

Q&A: An interview to provide a relevant perspective, edited for clarity and not fully fact-checked. 

OPINION: Advocates for ideas and draws conclusions based on the interpretation of facts and data. 

SUPPORTED BY: Independently produced by Investigate Midwest with financial support from an entity that did not approve or review the work.