#journalism agenda: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, to combat fake news…

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WikipediaÔÇÖs┬áfounder wants to fight fake news with a crowdfunded news site

Jimmy Wales is all about grand ideas: 16 years ago, he co-founded Wikipedia, one of the largest compendiums of information on the planet. Now, heÔÇÖs out to tackle the plague of fake news on the web with a new venture called Wikitribune. Wikitribune is a global news site that will feature stories by professional journalists; their articles will be vetted and fact-checked by volunteers, and efforts will be made to ensure maximum possible transparency about the sources of information for each piece.

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight ÔÇö as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is low and fact-checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.

Jimmy┬áWalesÔÇÖ new Wikitribune

Jimmy Wales changed encyclopedias and news while he was at it. And now heÔÇÖs at it at it again, announcing a crowdfunding campaign to start┬áWikitribune, a collaborative news platform with ÔÇťprofessional journalists and community contributors working side-by-side to produce fact-checked, global news stories.┬áThe community of contributors will vet the facts, help make sure the language is factual and neutral, and will to the maximum extent possible be transparent about the source of news posting full transcripts, video, and audio of interviews.ÔÇŁ The content will be free with monthly patrons providing as much support as possible, advertising as little as possible.

Jimmy Wales, one of the minds behind the internet’s cheat sheet, Wikipedia, has launched a new, unaffiliated website called the WikiTribune.

On the site’s opening video message, Wales adjusts his glasses and tosses out the site’s lofty ambition: “The news is broken, but we’ve figured out how to fix it.”

For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology.

ThatÔÇÖs clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news in 2017. The conclusion: despite some earnest early efforts among news organizations, widespread adoption of the technology among consumers is still years away.

Meet HuffPost: New leadership, new look, new name

When talking about the future of the Huffington Post brand, editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen points to the homepage “splash” following the news that Bill O’Reilly had been let go from Fox News.

The Huffington Post has pulled no punches with its tabloid-inspired homepage splashes.

ÔÇťBILLY ON THE STREET,ÔÇŁ its Bill OÔÇÖReilly story announced.

ÔÇťHE WENT TO JARED,ÔÇŁ another proclaimed (Jared Kushner, that is).

HereÔÇÖs another, on Rep. Devin Nunes:

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