NewsTrust.net Expands with MacArthur Foundation Support
Non-Profit Social News Network Helps People Find Good Journalism Online
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (November 28, 2007) — The non-profit social news network NewsTrust.net has just received a multi-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The $450,000 funding will allow NewsTrust.net to expand its 'Web 2.0' news review services and offer them to a broader community of users.
NewsTrust.net helps people find and share good journalism online. Its free web site provides quality news feeds, media literacy tools and a civic engagement network. Support from the MacArthur Foundation will be used to develop new review tools and web services, as well as to form partnerships with key online destinations, news providers, educational affiliates and non-profit organizations. NewsTrust.net aims to add value to these partner sites by helping them share quality news and information about issues of public interest.
"The explosion of new media outlets on the web, along with the consolidation of big media and the decline of public trust, have created a range of problems for democracy: information overload, misinformation, mistrust and civic apathy," said founder and executive director Fabrice Florin, a former journalist and digital media entrepreneur. "NewsTrust.net offers a practical solution to these problems, by providing online tools to filter news reporting, evaluate information quality and share trusted content with other citizens."
Unlike other social news sites, NewsTrust.net features news and opinions rated by its members based on quality -- not just popularity. The site's unique review tools empower the public to evaluate fairness, sourcing, context and other core journalistic principles. NewsTrust.net tracks quality ratings and reputation for each news publication under review, to help identify trustworthy sources. The service also ensures the reliability of its evaluations by rating its own reviewers and validating their expertise.
A former executive at Apple and Macromedia, Fabrice Florin has an extensive track record in digital media, and founded NewsTrust.net to help citizens make more informed decisions about their lives and governments. Besides Florin, the NewsTrust.net team includes award-winning journalist Rory O'Connor and former Lucasfilm project manager David Fox. Advisors include Dan Gillmor, Craig Newmark, Howard Rheingold and other digital media innovators from organizations such as Craigslist, Google, the Poynter Institute and Stanford University.
About the MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution helping to build a more just and sustainable world. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media. With assets of more than $6.4 billion, the Foundation makes approximately $260 million in grants annually. More information is available at www.macfound.org.
Founded in 2005 and based in Mill Valley, California, NewsTrust.net is funded through grants and private donations, and sponsored by The Global Center, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation based in Manhattan. Besides the recent MacArthur Foundation grant, NewsTrust.net has received support from the Ayrshire Foundation, the Mitch Kapor Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and the Tides Foundation -- as well as private donors including Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist) and Doug Carlston (chairman of Public Radio International). More information is available at www.newstrust.net.
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