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What is the importance of building transparency in news media, and what would like to see? Any risks?

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As people have chatted with me about my TED ebook, Media Makeover: Improving The News One Click At a Time, many people of expressed their interest in having more transparency in the news. People are concerned about who is influencing the news (powerful people and organizations), are concerned that the news is just one big echo chamber and they are trusting media overall, less and less. What would you like to see in a more transparent media? What would you know more about that you don't know now?

Potential answers to this question are just about anything. Some people would like to know more about the background of the reporters telling the stories. Others have mentioned the desire to see more about those quoted in the stories.

Transparency is about understanding where something starts, what are the connections to it, who is influencing it, and how it is evolving. Lets come up with the wishes we would like to have fulfilled so we can know more about what underlies our news we consume each day!


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    Oct 28 2011: In addition to the edited and processed news and information content on news I think news media
    Should make their entire source data avalable on some
    Accessible platform. People who want to examine the raw data
    Should be able to do so.
    • Oct 28 2011: Interesting. The key i guess is how to get it in a sharable form.
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        Oct 28 2011: I think there is a slight clue in the wikileaks episode. We have activists across different fields who I am sure would be delighted to peruse through data and report out any inconsistencies or remarkable content. Since such activist groups are open to anyone for membership it is quite difficult to influence and corrupt them. It's the opensourcing of news. The web is the platform for something like this. A change in the regulations would go a long way.
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      Oct 28 2011: Anuj as appealing as that would be for us, news corporations are still a business. As altruistic as they might sell themselves as being, they are still after the almighty buck. Forcing you to use them as an intermediary to learn about a subject they brought to your intention is part of their business model.

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