Over the past few years, fake news has emerged as a major problem afflicting journalism and compromising readers’ trust. To complicate this, the traditional ad-funded news model has not translated well to the digital economy. Journalists are facing ‘clicks-over-quality’ constraints from editors, and yellow journalism and native advertising is becoming increasingly widespread.
Equity is working towards towards creating an ad-free, crowdfunded, online platform for local news, features, investigative and opinion pieces. To complement this platform and support our mission to provide accessible, quality journalism, we also plan to build an automated fact-checking software that would ensure that each article published on the platform is fully factual and meets the highest of journalistic standards.