I first learned about The Daily Source because they followed me on Twitter. Just another wannabe online news outlet, I initially thought.
Boy, was I wrong!
After checking out their follower count (20,000+), I decided to give them a follow-back. A day later, I received a direct message from this outlet:
“Thanks for following. Our nonprofit’s team of top journalists scours the Net 24/7 to bring you a feast of top items: http://dailysource.org,” it read.
Non-profit team of top journalists, I thought. I wonder who these people are?
So, I did what any curious, former newspaper reporter would do. I clicked on their link and began researching. Simply put, this is no wannabe online news outlet.
Here’s what I found about The Daily Source:
- Their editors come from backgrounds at the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, and CNN, just to name a few.
- Their mission “is to provide high quality news and information from leading sources across the Internet to help the public more effectively utilize their time, money and power to benefit themselves, our country and our world.”
- They outline the growing problems in today’s media, including lack of public confidence, growing inaccuracies, sensationalism, and poor coverage of important stories.
- They use new media to combat these issues, and combine today’s online tools with the traditional ethics of good reporting and journalism.
Yea, I almost had an orgasm when I read this. Think of The Daily Source as the NPR of the Internet.
Now, they don’t necessarily write the articles. They seek out the most relevant, accurate, important, and balanced articles across the Web and publish them on their site. They also use platforms like Twitter to disseminate their news.
And because their editors come from such traditional and respected backgrounds, you know you can trust their judgement.
How you can help
Besides the obvious approach (money donations), The Daily Source needs its followers to help spread the word. It also needs you to conduct your news searches through its site, www.dailysource.org.
Why? I’ll let them explain: “This will generate revenue for us, as Yahoo! donates to our nonprofit every time you search via the box on our site.”
I thought this was a cause well-worth a blog post today. Will you help with this great idea? Find The Daily Source on Twitter as well.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? How have you noticed the new landscape of social media affecting the traditional realms of journalism? Is it making the mass media better, or worse?