Jimmy Wales, the co-founder if Wikimedia, and the Wikimedia Foundation are launching an interesting new kind of news site, Wikitribune:
From the website –
A new kind of news platform.
Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together.
We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved.
They are asking for donations so they can hire 10 full-time journalists. Those journalists will be tasked with reporting news stories that will then be fact-checked and edited by the wide world of internet volunteers.
Wikipedia itself has been dogged with issues of accuracy but, for the most part remains a rich and reliable starting point for good information.
It will be interesting to see if they can succeed in presenting a fair and balanced view of what is going on around us – Evidence-based journalism.