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Wikipedia founder launches a global news website

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Wikipedia founder launches a global news website

Wikitribune plans to place its audience as an integral part of its operations: while professional journalists will write stories, volunteers will be able to contribute by fact-checking.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and Wikitribune, stressed to the Financial Times that the new site would be different from the existing fact-checking platforms: “This will be the first time that professional journalists and citizen journalists will work side-by-side as equals writing stories as they happen, editing them live as they develop and at all times backed by a community checking and re-checking all facts.”

Through the audience's participation, Wikitribune also aims to help combat the spread of fake news. It will not feature any advertising, and its content will not be behind a paywall but the site will rely financially on crowdfunding. Wikitribune is currently asking for contributions, aiming to raise sufficient funds for hiring 10 professional journalists.

According to the Guardian, Wikitribune will cover “general issues” such as US and UK politics, with a special interest in science and technology. Those who donate will also have a say in which topics and stories the site focuses on.

Wikitribune will launch initially in English, but other language-versions are planned, Nieman Lab reports.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-04-25 13:11

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