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In a fresh development, Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.
Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign.
He intends to cover general issues, such as US and UK politics, through to specialist science and technology.
Those who donate will become supporters, who in turn will have a say in which subjects and story threads the site focuses on. And Wales intends that the community of readers will fact-check and subedit published articles.
Describing Wikitribune as news by the people and for the people, Wales said that 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.
Although the site is launching at the beginning of the UK general election campaign, Wales said the impetus for the project came from the US.
Like Wikipedia, Wales’s new project will be free to access. The community contributors will play a key part in the new site, ensuring that the contents of the articles are always supported by as much extra information shared with the readers as possible.
They will be backed up by a presumption of transparency in the site’s reporting, with journalists sharing full transcripts, video and audio of interviews.
He hopes that a combination of the distributed intelligence of Wikipedia and measured professional journalism driven by a business model that’s not about chasing clicks will lead to a news organization built from the ground up to combat fake news and political rabble-rousing.