Our nonprofit, non-partisan project provides quality news feeds, news literacy tools and a trust network to help citizens make informed decisions about democracy.
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 principles of journalism, such as fairness, evidence, sourcing and context.
Our community is growing steadily -- our overall traffic doubled last quarter alone. We launched our first public beta site with 1,300 pilot testers in November 2006, and now have over 6,000 registered members, as well as many distinguished partners. We've received great press feedback from around the world. Based on the strong support we have received so far, we plan to launch a full version of our service in fall 2008.
NewsTrust's Executive Director is Fabrice Florin, a former journalist and a digital media pioneer at Apple and Macromedia. Our team includes experienced journalists, technologists and community organizers, such as Technology Director David Fox, Associate Editor Kaizar Campwala, and Community Developer Beth Wellington, as well as many more talented staff members. Our advisors include Dan Gillmor, Craig Newmark, Howard Rheingold and other digital media innovators from organizations like the Associated Press, Craigslist, Google, the Poynter Institute and Stanford University.
NewsTrust.net has received a substantial multi-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation, to expand our social news network and bring it to a broader community. We have also received support from a wide range of donors, including the Sunlight Foundation, the Mitch Kapor Foundation, the Ayrshire Foundation and the Tides Foundation, as well as Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Doug Carlston (Public Radio International), Fabrice Florin and other private donors.
Founded in 2005 and based in Mill Valley, California, NewsTrust is funded through grants and private donations. Though we are non-profit and initially funded through donations, we aim to run this venture as a sustainable business, and to generate revenue in the online market to support this project. Revenue streams include online sponsorships, memberships and license fees.