Wikipedia founder launches new website Wikitribune to fight fake news

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales

The truth is, even top media houses can not stamp out fake news because they only have control over their own content - nobody else's.

The Wikipedia founder is setting up WikiTribune, an online news publication which focuses on fact-checking, using a combination of paid journalists and contributions from the community.

Announced on Tuesday, the project is a collaboration between professional and citizen journalists in order to craft and cross check news articles.

Wales hopes to raise money to pay journalists through a crowdfunding campaign.

The outlet is to be called Wikitribune, and it will pair professional journalists with voluntary contributors.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the new platform would be free of pay-walls, carry no advertising, and instead will exclusively rely on its supporters to fund it. The news being covered by the platform will span across the traditional topics, such as the state of politics across worldwide locations, science, technology and other specialist subjects.

However, Wales believes that it is precisely this community-driven model that will help Wikitribune remain factual and transparent.

Turkish democracy placed on damaging watchlist by European Union monitors
Kati Piri, a Dutch Labour MEP who specialises in EU-Turkey relations, said the EU would have to reassess its position on Turkey. The Council is separate from the European Union , but the move is set to be a further blow to Turkey's bid to join the bloc.

Both Google and Facebook have pledged to improve the tools that monitor for such content, but Mr Wales says Wikitribune will also try and lower the news media's reliance on advertising through its monthly supports programme.

"We want to bring some of that fact-based, fact-checking mentality that we know from Wikipedia to news", Wales says.

Jimmy Wales said the new platform, Wikitribune, would be free to read and carry no advertising, instead relying on supporters to fund it, while the accuracy of its articles would be easily verifiable as source material would be published.

Jeff Jarvis, a City University of NY journalism professor who is an advisor to the project, said in a blog post he is "excited" about WikiTribune, "I see the need for innovation around new forms of news", Jarvis said. Wikitribune will be "news by the people and for the people".

The project, however, isn't affiliated with Wikipedia or Wikimedia Foundation but is an independent project of Jimmy Wales who is being advised by Guy Kawasaki, Jeff Jarvis and Lily Cole.

Wikipedia remains a fountain of knowledge for millions with its free, open source online encyclopaedia and legions of volunteer editors making sure everything that can be thought of is accounted for. There will always be a lack of advertisements on Wikitribune, thus they wouldn't have to chase after posting click-bait content - something which is popular nowadays and brings instant views, but reduces reader trust in your website.

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