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MediaBugs, new website for reporting media errors

MediaBugs, new website for reporting media errors

A new website unveiled this week may have journalists in the San Francisco area feeling a bit antsy.
MediaBugs, which went online in beta, or test, mode on Tuesday, is a site whose professed goal is "correcting errors and problems in media coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area."
"All over the Web people are finding problems with news coverage," said MediaBugs.org founder Scott Rosenberg, an author and former journalist who spent nine years working for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.
"What you have today, sadly, is a situation where readers, people in the public, don't always feel that they're going to bother reporting an error because they're going to be ignored," Rosenberg told reporter.
"Some news institutions have not made it always so easy to contact them or to find where you'd go to correct an error," he said.
"We're trying to see if we can make this whole area more efficient and do a little something maybe to repair what I see as a breakdown in the relationship between the media and the public," Rosenberg said.
MediaBugs was launched with a US$335,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, a contest organized by the philanthropic Knight Foundation to provide funding for innovative ideas in online news.
Rosenberg, who also co-founded Salon.com and served as managing editor of the online magazine, said MediaBugs was inspired by the open-source world of software developers.


Updated : 2021-10-26 08:45 GMT+08:00