WikiTribune: How Reuters Connect helps start-up publishers

Launch editor, Peter Bale tells us all.

WikiTribune is a new evidence-based media platform from WikiPedia founder Jimmy Wales. Its aim is to turn passive readers into active contributors. 

Launched on October 30 2017, WikiTribune is an initiative where journalists and volunteers curate and edit articles.

Reuters Connect was advertized to me about the same week that we were launching. It looked really good so we decided almost immediately we would get a trial. It's extremely easy to use, to search for content and download it,” says Peter Bale, launch editor at WikiTribune.

The use of breaking news content

For WikiTribune, Reuters Connect offers breaking news content and illustrative pictures not available on Creative Commons.

“It is almost never the case that you get “news” pictures on Creative Commons,” explains Bale.

However with Reuters Connect, WikiTribune were able to use several pictures around the recognition of Jerusalem.

“We had a major investigative piece recently on people dying in the South Pacific and with Reuters Connect we were able to get two really beautiful illustrative pictures that were not directly related to the news aspect of the piece, but we were able to use them to illustrate the story,” says Bale.

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