As traditional print journalism declined with the growth of the Internet, we have been watching the explosion and pervasive nature of a concomitant evil: fake news. In response to this urgent need, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has launched WikiTribune. It is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together with a manifesto that states:
- We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. We’re developing a living, breathing tool that’ll present accurate information with real evidence, so that you can confidently make up your own mind.
- In most news sites, the community tends to hang at the bottom of articles in comments that serve little purpose. We believe the community can play a more important role in news. Wikitribune puts community at the top, literally.
- WikiTribune is 100% ad-free, no one’s relying on clicks to appease advertisers; no one’s got a vested interest in anything other than giving you real news.
- There’s no paywall, so anyone can read Wikitribune.
- Anyone can flag or fix an article and submit it for review.
WikiTribune is slated to launch sometime late May 2017. Mark the date.