What is WikiTribune? All new internet news service coming

Lofty goals and public support make WikiTribune work - but what is it?

Jimmy Wales is the millionaire behind the world’s biggest source of public information – Wikipedia, and if he gets his way, you’re going to be visiting him for news soon too.

Wales has announced a crowdfunded news site called The WikiTribune, based around similar principals to his own Wikipedia, Wales wants to find a new model for media – not citizen media, not advertising supported media – crowd supported and fact checked media.

WikiTribune will employ journalists.  People like you and me can contribute to WikiTribune, and the idea is people can contribute to a specific area of need – perhaps a niche not filled by the mainstream media?

Perhaps people will fund a journalist to report on Garden Insects?  If they did, a journalist would write stories, and use the power of the community to fact check them.

Readers can visit the site for free, and anyone – like with Wikipedia – can submit changes to stories which are then reviewed and updated transparently.

Very noble, top idea – but it won’t likely take on the news giants of the world – because as much as Jimmy Wales seemingly detests click-bait, it’s not going anywhere soon.

 

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