Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales recently launched a new site named Wikitribune to tackle fake news. Launched on April 25th, 2017, a demo version is available online as of now which can only be accessed by a select few people, like the media outlets.
According to Jimmy Wales, “Wikitribune is news by the people and for the people”. Following that, he also 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.”
Access to the news will be free for all just like Wikipedia. However, you can also support the project by funding it monthly and most of the funds will be used to pay the journalists. The different payment options include paying a minimum of 10$ and above. Though it also includes a “You Decide” option. Adding to that, Wales also said that the funding will be returned if their goal of minimum 10 journalists is not reached (minus transaction fees).
As of now, they have 1/10 journalists ready. The crowdfunding will end on 25th May and the website will continue if it has reached its goal. The articles on Wikitribune will ensure that they have facts to verify them and also the source of their existence. Wikitribune is also going to be 100% ad-free.
If Wikitribune does come into existence, which will most probably happen, then it’ll be a huge change for all of us and the news that we read.