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MediaBugs is a service that facilitates the discovery and correction of factual errors and other problems in media coverage.
MediaBugs is funded by the Knight Foundation by way of the Knight News Challenge, which awarded the project $335,000 in 2009. MediaBugs is directed by Scott Rosenberg, an author and a co-founder of Salon, along with former Salon editor Mark Follman.
Some of the project’s goals include giving the public tools to report errors and problems they find in media coverage, across print, broadcast, and the web; helping to get those errors corrected by way of a “civil, productive discussion of them between journalists and the public”; helping journalists by organizing and filtering the reporting of errors; tracking data on errors and corrections for public use; and improving communication between the media and the public in hopes of giving the public more confidence in the news.
In April 2010, the MediaBugs project launched its website in public beta, with an initially tight focus on error correction among the media outlets of the San Francisco Bay Area. In October of that year, as part of a broader site redesign, MediaBugs extended its purview to include a more national focus.
A 2009 Knight Foundation interview with Rosenberg:
A 2009 Lab video with Rosenberg about the web-development philosophy of MediaBugs:
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