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|relevance=Wikipedia is one of the world’s largest public information sources, getting 20 billion hits a month, while also being transparent, participatory, independent, accurate, and trusted - even more trusted than the BBC.
 
|relevance=Wikipedia is one of the world’s largest public information sources, getting 20 billion hits a month, while also being transparent, participatory, independent, accurate, and trusted - even more trusted than the BBC.
  
Less well known is that it has a front page which gets half a billion hits every month, of which a quarter is dedicated to news. This makes it one of the most significant news destinations globally - five times the audience of the MailOnline - and by far the most-read collaborative journalism project.
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:Less well known is that it has a front page which gets half a billion hits every month, of which a quarter is dedicated to news. This makes it one of the most significant news destinations globally - five times the audience of the MailOnline - and by far the most-read collaborative journalism project.
  
While the rest of Wikipedia has hundreds of thousands of volunteers collaborating to make sure information is reliable and accurate, the news section has a very small number of contributors.  
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:While the rest of Wikipedia has hundreds of thousands of volunteers collaborating to make sure information is reliable and accurate, the news section has a very small number of contributors.  
  
Coverage is patchy, news judgements are not consistent with recognised professional norms and there is no explicit commitment to sharing information that is of public interest.  
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:Coverage is patchy, news judgements are not consistent with recognised professional norms and there is no explicit commitment to sharing information that is of public interest.  
  
The group’s deliberations are entirely open and headlines direct audiences to sourced Wikipedia entries, yet there is little awareness about this small corner of the website and the power it has to shape public opinion about what matters.
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:The group’s deliberations are entirely open and headlines direct audiences to sourced Wikipedia entries, yet there is little awareness about this small corner of the website and the power it has to shape public opinion about what matters.
  
The Wikipedia Front Page project will seek to understand, organise and promote this community space as a place where everyone could make their contribution to public interest news, and work to mitigate any informational, technical, or cultural barriers to diverse participation.
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:The Wikipedia Front Page project will seek to understand, organise and promote this community space as a place where everyone could make their contribution to public interest news, and work to mitigate any informational, technical, or cultural barriers to diverse participation.
  
We will start a ongoing outreach programme, convening people with a variety of expert knowledge of public interest topics to engage with and contribute to this overlooked collaborative journalism project.
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:We will start a ongoing outreach programme, convening people with a variety of expert knowledge of public interest topics to engage with and contribute to this overlooked collaborative journalism project.
  
Unlike many collaborative journalism projects, the Wikipedia Front Page project does not need to focus on gathering a readership. It will instead help us understand an asset of public interest that is at our fingertips and increase the diversity and expertise of the contributors.
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:Unlike many collaborative journalism projects, the Wikipedia Front Page project does not need to focus on gathering a readership. It will instead help us understand an asset of public interest that is at our fingertips and increase the diversity and expertise of the contributors.
  
Ultimately we propose that the front page could become by far the most significant newsroom in the world; totally transparent, open and participatory at all levels, highly trusted, and with enormous reach. This success may be replicable across other languages as well, for truly global impact.
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:Ultimately we propose that the front page could become by far the most significant newsroom in the world; totally transparent, open and participatory at all levels, highly trusted, and with enormous reach. This success may be replicable across other languages as well, for truly global impact.
 
|importance=Wikipedia's front page has enormous traffic, it is highly trusted, the number of contributors is very small, it has a news section, and nobody else seems to have noticed.
 
|importance=Wikipedia's front page has enormous traffic, it is highly trusted, the number of contributors is very small, it has a news section, and nobody else seems to have noticed.
 
|scalability=I plan for it to become as important a project as e.g. wikidata, with a large community and regional and global events. It could be replicated across other languages.
 
|scalability=I plan for it to become as important a project as e.g. wikidata, with a large community and regional and global events. It could be replicated across other languages.
 
|people=The project would be undertaken as part of a residency at The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, the primary hub for technology and politics activity in London. It has a large network of relevant community members, as well as event facilities.
 
|people=The project would be undertaken as part of a residency at The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, the primary hub for technology and politics activity in London. It has a large network of relevant community members, as well as event facilities.
  
Proposed Project Team:
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:Proposed Project Team:
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:* Kirsty Styles (project lead): PhD candidate, sponsored by the World Association of Newspaper Publishers at the University of Central Lancashire, Technology Journalist, Previously organiser for Bureau Local Network (TBIJ), https://kirstystyles.com/creds
  
Kirsty Styles (project lead): PhD candidate, sponsored by the World Association of Newspaper Publishers at the University of Central Lancashire, Technology Journalist, Previously organiser for Bureau Local Network (TBIJ), https://kirstystyles.com/creds
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:* Edward Saperia (project supervisor): Dean of The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, Conference Director for Wikipedia Global Summit (London 2014), https://uk.linkedin.com/in/edsaperia
  
Edward Saperia (project supervisor): Dean of The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, Conference Director for Wikipedia Global Summit (London 2014), https://uk.linkedin.com/in/edsaperia
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:Advisors:
  
Advisors:
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:* John Cummings (Wikimedia community specialist), Wikimedian in Residence for UNESCO, https://uk.linkedin.com/in/john-cummings-68568860
  
John Cummings (Wikimedia community specialist), Wikimedian in Residence for UNESCO, https://uk.linkedin.com/in/john-cummings-68568860
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:* Joseph Reeve (Wikimedia technologist), Kiwix Software Engineer (tool to access wikipedia offline), Organiser HackThePress.org, https://uk.linkedin.com/in/josephereeve
  
Joseph Reeve (Wikimedia technologist), Kiwix Software Engineer (tool to access wikipedia offline), Organiser HackThePress.org, https://uk.linkedin.com/in/josephereeve
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:* Lucie Kaffee (Wikidata specialist), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Frimelle
  
Lucie Kaffee (Wikidata specialist), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Frimelle
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:* Manisha Ganguly, investigative journalist, https://manishaganguly.com/
  
Manisha Ganguly, investigative journalist, https://manishaganguly.com/
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:* Alice Thwaite, technology ethicist https://alicethwaite.com, https://echochamber.club
  
Alice Thwaite, technology ethicist https://alicethwaite.com, https://echochamber.club
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:* Alison Goldsworthy, CEO https://www.depolarizationproject.com/
  
Alison Goldsworthy, CEO https://www.depolarizationproject.com/
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:* Bill Thompson, technology journalist https://twitter.com/billt
  
Bill Thompson, technology journalist https://twitter.com/billt
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:* Wikimedia UK https://wikimedia.org.uk/
 
 
Wikimedia UK https://wikimedia.org.uk/
 
 
|cost=10,800 GBP
 
|cost=10,800 GBP
 
|expenses=Salary for one part time (3/5 FTE) organiser for six months.
 
|expenses=Salary for one part time (3/5 FTE) organiser for six months.
 
|time=It will be an ongoing project, but this application is to fund the first six months.
 
|time=It will be an ongoing project, but this application is to fund the first six months.
 
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Latest revision as of 23:19, 12 February 2020


Title:

Wikipedia Front Page

Name:

Edward Saperia

Wikimedia username:

edsaperia

E-mail address:

edsaperia@gmail.com

Geographical impact:

Initially English speaking, but with potential for global impact.

Type of project:

Other

What is your idea?

Hire an experienced organiser part-time for six months to develop a larger and more diverse community of practice around https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:In_the_news. This would involve e.g. organising dedicated events on this topic, travelling to and speaking at related events, writing, and fundraising to continue this work.

How is it relevant to credibility and Wikipedia? (max 500 words)

Wikipedia is one of the world’s largest public information sources, getting 20 billion hits a month, while also being transparent, participatory, independent, accurate, and trusted - even more trusted than the BBC.
Less well known is that it has a front page which gets half a billion hits every month, of which a quarter is dedicated to news. This makes it one of the most significant news destinations globally - five times the audience of the MailOnline - and by far the most-read collaborative journalism project.
While the rest of Wikipedia has hundreds of thousands of volunteers collaborating to make sure information is reliable and accurate, the news section has a very small number of contributors.
Coverage is patchy, news judgements are not consistent with recognised professional norms and there is no explicit commitment to sharing information that is of public interest.
The group’s deliberations are entirely open and headlines direct audiences to sourced Wikipedia entries, yet there is little awareness about this small corner of the website and the power it has to shape public opinion about what matters.
The Wikipedia Front Page project will seek to understand, organise and promote this community space as a place where everyone could make their contribution to public interest news, and work to mitigate any informational, technical, or cultural barriers to diverse participation.
We will start a ongoing outreach programme, convening people with a variety of expert knowledge of public interest topics to engage with and contribute to this overlooked collaborative journalism project.
Unlike many collaborative journalism projects, the Wikipedia Front Page project does not need to focus on gathering a readership. It will instead help us understand an asset of public interest that is at our fingertips and increase the diversity and expertise of the contributors.
Ultimately we propose that the front page could become by far the most significant newsroom in the world; totally transparent, open and participatory at all levels, highly trusted, and with enormous reach. This success may be replicable across other languages as well, for truly global impact.

Why is it important?

Wikipedia's front page has enormous traffic, it is highly trusted, the number of contributors is very small, it has a news section, and nobody else seems to have noticed.

Could it scale?

I plan for it to become as important a project as e.g. wikidata, with a large community and regional and global events. It could be replicated across other languages.

Why are you the people to do it?

The project would be undertaken as part of a residency at The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, the primary hub for technology and politics activity in London. It has a large network of relevant community members, as well as event facilities.
Proposed Project Team:
  • Kirsty Styles (project lead): PhD candidate, sponsored by the World Association of Newspaper Publishers at the University of Central Lancashire, Technology Journalist, Previously organiser for Bureau Local Network (TBIJ), https://kirstystyles.com/creds
  • Edward Saperia (project supervisor): Dean of The London College of Political Technology at Newspeak House, Conference Director for Wikipedia Global Summit (London 2014), https://uk.linkedin.com/in/edsaperia
Advisors:

How much money are you requesting?

10,800 GBP

How will you spend the money?

Salary for one part time (3/5 FTE) organiser for six months.

How long will your project take?

It will be an ongoing project, but this application is to fund the first six months.