This week we look at how the value proposition of wire services may be changing, and we learn about a tool that automatically could highlight questionable information online.

PART 1: The changing value of wire services

Wire services have traditionally enabled news outlets to offer a broad range of topics by supplying them with national and global content. But with news from everywhere readily available online, we explore how the value proposition may be changing and how news services are adapting.

Reporting by Teddy Nykiel.

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Another recent development is the creation of statewide reporting partnerships by public broadcasters, as explained in this report from Nieman Journalism Lab about Oregon Public Broadcasting's statewide news network.

PART 2: Truth Goggles

An online tool called Truth Goggles is aiming to help make the Web more credible by automatically checking news items or other statements of fact. We hear from Reynolds Fellow Dan Schultz, the creator of the tool, about how it works and how he hopes it can improve the accuracy of news stories.

Reporting by Laura Davison.

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Additional information:

Truth Goggles won’t be released for at least another eight months, but an online demo shows how the program would work.

Truth Goggles originated as a master's degree thesis project at the MIT Media Lab last year. As part of that work, Schultz conducted a study that found 70 percent of participants were likely to enable Truth Goggles in their browsers and were likely to change their beliefs about fact-checked claims.

For more information about the work Schultz will be doing as a Reynolds Fellow at RJI in the coming year, click here.

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships


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