New website aims at holding journalists accountable
On Monday, Oct. 31, a new Wikipedia-like website launched as a way for readers to help hold journalists accountable, reported the news agency AFP.
The website, News Transparency, was created by Ira Stoll, who was the managing editor of the defunct New York Sun. According to News Transparency, the website "helps you find out more about the people who produce the news and allows you to hold them accountable, the same way that journalists hold other powerful institutions accountable, by posting reviews and sharing information." Three days before it launched, the site already had profiles on about 1,000 journalists, Forbes said.
Considering that polls show record low public opinion about the media, the website mimics familiar sites, allowing the public to add and edit information about journalists (a la Wikipedia), post reviews (like Amazon), share information (like is done via social media), and search for information (such as on Google), according to News Transparency's "about" section.
As creator Stoll explained to Poynter, the website gives the public "a place to go for background about a journalist to help them understand where the journalist is coming from. For sources, give them a neutral territory to go to to complain about an inaccurate story or irresponsible journalist or to praise an accurate story or exemplary journalist. For journalists, a place to receive and respond to reader and source feedback and to share information to make themselves and their colleagues less mysterious, more transparent, and more accessible."
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