Journalism Professor Adds Wiki Sensibility To Crowdsourced Fact Checking: WikiFactCheck
from the that-seems-useful dept
We’ve talked about the public’s desire for more real fact checking, as opposed to he-said/she-said style news reporting. And we’ve mentioned various programs that have brought crowdsourcing into the fact-checking game. And, now a USC journalism professor has put this all together to create a fact-checking wiki-based site, appropriately called WikiFactCheck.
Digging down to facts tends to be what crowdsourcing is good at. The problem, of course, is that there often are some blurry lines around what is actually a “fact” and what is not. But, given the (some would say excessive) cultural focus at Wikipedia on forcing a “neutral point of view,” I could see how a similar group of people could somewhat vehemently focus in on specific facts that can be proven true or false, rather than getting too bogged down in opinion vs. facts debates.