Personal Website Instead?

Yes! You can accomplish the same as a Trusted Journalist page with your own website. To accomplish similar results you must ensure the following:

  1. Your website must be on full SSL (https:// and not http://)
  2. Your website must have its own unique domain name and NOT something like myname.wordpress.com nor myname.host.com. You should have myname.com or similar using TLDs.
  3. You should set up a correct structured data schema for your website.
  4. You should add your site to e.g. Ahrefs, Moz, LinkReaserchtools, Semrush, or similar to monitor bad links to your site.
  5. Your website must not use “nofollow” for important links that can verify your information.
  6. Your website must have good core web vitals (check your Google webmaster dashboard).
  7. Your site must be crawlable and follow good SEO practices.

If you are unsure, you can also combine a personal website and a Trusted Journalist page.