Wikinews Foundation

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Note: A new idea, the Collaborative Media Network, replaced the Wikinews Foundation following discussion at the Wikinews Water Cooler.

The Wikinews Foundation is a proposed separate organization that would allow Wikinews to issue proper press credentials and provide the necessary support services that issuing press credentials requires.

Draft Mission Statement[edit]

The mission of the Wikinews Foundation is to provide support for neutral, free content, participatory '"Journalism'".

The Proposal[edit]

In brief: Wikinews needs the ability to properly handle press credentials. Press credentials let reporters get into events and allows people (including the government) to quickly identify the person as a reporter. The Wikimedia Foundation can not safely issue press credentials. A separate organization (ie The Wikinews Foundation) could.

See also: The full proposal

About the name[edit]

Several names have been proposed each with their own pros and cons. We will eventually need a name that represents what we are trying to accomplish. The name Wikinews Foundation should be treated only as one of many potential names.

People interested in helping to create this[edit]

Please add your name below if you would like to help out or take part.


  • Write bylaws
  • Develop organizational structure
  • Incorporate
  • Get a trademark license from WMF
  • Get federal nonprofit status