Wikinews and CNN Online

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Wikinews is a free news source everyone can contribute to. It is run by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Wikinews was created in January 2003 by Daniel Alston with an anonymous post on Wikipedia. He personally was not involved in the creation of Wikinews. After he posted on Wikipedia, the project was developed by Erik Moller. Until December 2004, the website was in a demo stage. After it became a real, professional website, its editions in other languages were set up as well.

On March 2005, Wikinews became so popular that it already had 1000 news articles.

How Wikinews Works

Wikinews' content is released under a free license. This content is available for free redistribution and use with the hope to contribute at a global standpoint. The main page has many news categories, like sports and weather (called portals), along with global categories for any area of the world. Furthermore, there are sections such as disputed stories, media, and stories in development. Lastly, Wikinews provides information on sister projects: Meta-Wiki, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikispecies, and Wikiversity. If a user enjoys any of these projects, including Wikinews, donations are accepted in order to create more of these types of projects.

How Wikinews is different from Wikipedia and other citizen journalism websites

On Wikinews, each article is supposed to be written as a news story. On the other hand in Wikipedia, the articles are written as encyclopedia articles.

Besides, the neutral point of view policy in Wikinews makes it different from the other online citizen journalism examples. Neutral point of view policy states that anyone who contributes to Wikinews, should write articles without bias. Wikinews requires NPOV policy because their idealogy is to represent the facts about events.



CNN was activated on August 30, 1995 as an experiment to see if it will work or not. Eventually it became very popular over the next ten years and it became one of the most popular mainstream news websites. The website has blogs and a user generated content, which increased its use and popularity. Especially after CNN Pipeline was launched in late 2005, CNN Online developed an important place in the market. CNN Pipeline was a paid subscription service when it was first constructed. However, this service was replaced with a free streaming service in July 2007. CNN's world headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, along with bureaus all over the world. CNN has a global team of almost 4,000 news professionals.

The Content

CNN's main page contains all news categories (World, U.S., Politics, Crime, Entertainment, Health, Tech, Travel, Living, Business, and Sports) along with all the latest news, weather, and hot topics of the current day. Additionally, there is a google search bar on the top and bottom of the page. There are also links to view CNN's partners websites: TIME,, People, and


I-Report allows anyone to send news stories to CNN. The site accepts videos, photos, and audio. Some of the submitted information may be selected for use on, CNN television programming or other CNN programming services. On I-Reports front page, there are many different stories from around the world for one to choose from. Each story has a section of photos, videos, comments, and blogs.

Terms of Use

When submitting content to Ireport, users must agree to a concise Terms of Use policy. The excerpt seen on the submission page reads as follows:

"Children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's written permission to submit their material and such permission must accompany the material or it will not be considered.

Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of CNN and its parent, subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliated entities are not eligible to submit material.

By submitting your material, for good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency and receipt of which you hereby acknowledge, you hereby grant to CNN and its affiliates a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to edit, telecast, rerun, reproduce, use, syndicate, license, print, sublicense, distribute and otherwise exhibit the materials you submit, or any portion thereof, as incorporated in any of their programming or the promotion thereof, in any manner and in any medium or forum, whether now known or hereafter devised, without payment to you or any third party. You represent and warrant to CNN that you have the full legal right, power and authority to grant to CNN the license provided for herein, that you own or control the complete exhibition and other rights to the materials you submitted for the purposes contemplated in this license and that neither the materials nor the exercise of the rights granted herein shall infringe upon or violate the right of privacy or right of publicity of, or constitute a libel or slander against, or violate any common law or any other right of, any person or entity. This license shall be governed by the laws of the State of Georgia.

CNN has the right to edit and/or alter any submission. CNN reserves the right not to use the material you submit at all and/or as little of the material as it chooses.

You acknowledge and agree that by submitting your material you are not entering into an employment relationship with CNN and that no relationship is created other than licensor/licensee.

CNN value"

As you can tell, this agreement is short in comparison to most other terms of use policies found on other sites.

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