Wikipedia Founder to Launch News Service

Wikipedia Founder to Launch News Service
James Wales is planning to start Wikitribune to combat fake news.

(CCM) — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales aims to combat fake news with the launch of a factual and neutral news service called Wikitribune, according to a BBC report. The news service will use volunteer journalists, as well as paid professionals, and will be funded by regular donations from supporters. Like Wikipedia, Wikitribune will be free to read and will contain no advertisements.

The BBC report says that Wikitribune writers will have to detail the source of each fact used in a news article, and the general public will be able to edit articles to keep them accurate and up-to-date. However, changes will only be published on the site if they have been approved by a staff member or trusted volunteer. The core team of Wikitribune writers will be paid, but volunteers will also be able to write draft stories which will then be edited by professional journalists.

"I think we're in a world right now where people are very concerned about making sure we have high quality fact-based information, so I think there will be demand for this," Wales told the BBC. "We're getting people to sign up as monthly supporters and the more monthly supporters we have the more journalists we can hire." The aim is to start publishing with between 10 and 20 journalists, he added.

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