Grasswire

Citizen journalism

Grasswire

Citizen journalism

Grasswire

Grassfire is a gathering of thousands of citizen journalists dedicated to finding and fact checking the world's most important news. No clickbait, no spin.

At first glance, Grasswire is a news website like any other. But it’s not. It’s much more than that.

Grasswire is a community of over 1,200 people from all over the world who care about honest, accurate news. They source, verify, write and edit unbiased news stories that matter. Most of them aren’t journalists or writers or editors. Few of them have ever met in person. And they do it in our spare time.

They all want accurate, factual and fast-moving coverage of current world events. So they do it themselves.

Grasswire collaborates online in an open Slack channel where they pitch, source, verify, write and edit newsworthy, interesting and unbiased stories.

Grasswire

Thousands Can Fact-Check The News With Grasswire. With Grasswire, founders Levi Notik and Austen Allred wanted to upend the traditional format and create something like a crowdsourced real-time newsroom, a Wikipedia of news. The latest iteration of that vision launched this morning: a stripped-down, newsfeed-style site with images and text about a variety of breaking news events around the world. In many cases, the news items are tweets, or Instagram photos. But the real magic of the site, Allred says, occurs behind the scenes, in an open forum—powered by the popular workplace discussion tool Slack—that functions as an open newsroom.

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