Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has announced plans to tackle the spread of misinformation and fake news through a new crowdfunded news website.
— WikiTribune (@WikiTribune) April 25, 2017
The new news website will be called WikiTRIBUNE and will have no affiliation with Wikipedia or Wikimedia Foundation. Led by Jimmy Wales, the project has Guy Kawasaki, Jeff Jarvis and Lily Cole on its advisory board. The stories on the website will be a joint effort of journalists and volunteers.
The website of WikiTRIBUNE states that the news platform will make sure that the audience reads “fact based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events”. It also mentions what sets WikiTRIBUNE apart from other news platforms and these are the sources mentioned with every news, a free and ad-free website, equal treatment to community and journalists and full transparency.
The website seeks support from the public through monetary contributions. In the promotional video on the website, Wales says,
The news in broken, but we’ve figured out how to fix it.
While talking to BBC about his upcoming project, Jimmy Wales said that he feels that there will be demand for the website because people nowadays are very concerned about having fact-based information.
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— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) April 25, 2017
As per the Wikipedia page of WikiTRIBUNE, stories will be reported by professional journalists whereas volunteers will undertake the responsibility of proofreading, fact checking and adding sources.
Announcing the same to media, Wales said,
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.