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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales stands in the doorway to his office Friday, Dec. 1, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Kellyanne Conway inspired Wikipedia's founder to launch a community-edited news site

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Wikipedia saved many of your term papers. Now its founder wants to bring you the news.

Jimmy Wales announced Wikitribune late Monday. The site is a mix of professional journalists' articles and Wikipedia-style community editing, The Guardian reports.  Journalists will write the articles, which will be free to read. Members can chip in with "support packages" that function like a subscription. An official crowdfunding campaign should arrive soon, and Wales hopes to start hiring people before Britain's general election on June 8.

This will be the first time that professional journalists and citizen journalists will work side-by-side as equals ...
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Though the pros will write the articles, the community will be able to edit and fact-check them. The site will be driven by transparency, with journalists sharing full transcripts, audio and video from interviews. 

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Wales said Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway's infamous "alternative facts" soundbite gave him incentive to launch the project. He had originally planned to "give Trump 100 days before making my mind up," but abruptly changed his mind.

Wales was harshly critical of the state of media today, saying many mainstream organizations are "chasing clicks" in ad-based models, while others chose between "faux neutrality" and "ramming things down our throats."

Pointing to Wikipedia as an example, Wales said the site is "not a perfect place," but it has largely resisted the spread of fake news. 

Wikitribune will cover general news, politics, science and technology.

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In this photograph taken by AP Images for Hult International Business School, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, speaks at Hult International Business School's Executive Speaker Series in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Ryan Anson/AP Images for Hult International Business School)

Wikipedia is the fifth-most visited website in the world, with more than 41 million articles in nearly 300 languages. 

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