Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Is this a better way of looking at news?

NewsTrust.net states it "helps people find good news online". It uses a series of quality review tools to allow "citizen journalists" [not sure I like that phrase] to rate the "best" journalism on the net.

The free NewsTrust.net website features daily feeds of quality news and opinions, which are carefully rated by our members, using our unique review tools. We rate the news based on quality, not just popularity. NewsTrust reviewers evaluate each article against core journalistic principles such as fairness, evidence, sourcing and context.

The group is aiming for a full launch in the "fall of 2008". It may work.

Although, what of Japan?

As you may know, I created Japan Today (an online news site) back in 2000 based on the very clear need for quality journalism on the real Japan, out of Japan. The site has since significantly deteriorated (its goals have long since been lost in the mire of grubby self-servicing so prevalent in the foreign community in Japan [but you will have to read my book for more on that, including the full 'reportage']) and nothing has appeared to fill that gap.

Worldwide sites that look for the best reporting will have trouble filling that gap too. For if the articles aren't being written, or are not being published (or are being mangled in the publishing process) what will there be to rate?

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