WikiTribune is Handing the Keys More Completely to its Users (After Laying Off its Journalists)
We’ve written a few times about WikiTribune, the Jimmy Wales-founded for-profit news site that aims to merge the bottom-up authority structure of Wikipedia with the top-down authority structure of traditional journalism.
Well, now it’s doubling down on the bottom-up part: laying off its staff of 13 paid journalists and handing the keys more completely to the site’s (not particularly numerous) users. The Drum had the news first.
Last month, the WikiTribune about page listed 22 people. Today it lists two. (They say they plan to hire a new staff of journalists, “with extensive wiki experience [and] fact checking passion.” The site had launched with a crowdfunding campaign centered on how they money contributed would be used to hire reporters.)