Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia is taking on the news media with WikiTRIBUNE. The project is a planned news website in which professional journalists research and report news stories alongside volunteers who curate articles by proofreading, fact-checking, suggesting changes and adding sources.

“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 rechecking all facts,” said Wales. Wales intends for the project to help fight fake news online; he was reportedly motivated to address this problem when he heard Kellyanne Conway say “alternative facts” on television.

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