Wiki opens a news service

Posted on Sunday, Dec 05 2004 @ 23:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Wikinews is a new project which aims to collaboratively report and summarize news on all subjects from a neutral point of view. This page describes the project goals, and outlines five basic requirements for the project. There will be Wikinews communities in many languages; currently English and German have been set up. The precise implementation of the Wikinews requirements is left up to these individual communities.

Wikinews seeks to create a free source of news, where every human being is invited to contribute reports about events large and small, either from direct experience, or summarized from elsewhere.

While Wikinews aims to be a useful resource of its own, it will also provide an alternative to proprietary news agencies like the Associated Press or Reuters; that is, it will allow independent media outfits to get a high quality feed of news free of charge to complement their own reporting.

Wikinews follows key principles which have made Wikipedia and other Wikimedia websites what they are today: neutrality, free content, and an open decision making process.

Link: Wikinews


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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