Wikitribune is a new type of news platform that combines professional journalism and crowdsourced fact checking. The project was conceived at a 4-day workshop where a cross-disciplinary team of professional journalists, experienced wiki volunteers, designers and engineers from Impossible, all headed by Jimmy Wales, worked together to crystallize and trial the concept for Wikitribune.
The biggest challenge is to build a model for professional journalists and community members to work together. It’s this new type of team that will be responsible for producing evidence-based, thoroughly verified stories, and for setting a global news agenda as well.
From the very beginning WikiTribune was planned as a platform that would put community on top. Citizen journalists, participatory journalists, community members and regular readers are already part of the current media landscape. They act like another check and balance lever for the mainstream press, and help hold media accountable.