Churnalism US launches today – a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Media Standards Trust.
The new service enhances the existing UK churnalism.com, making it into a browser plugin that alerts you to possible churnalism while you’re reading the news.
The new service can be found here: http://churnalism.
The announcement by the Sunlight Foundation can be found here: http://
More technical details on how the service works can be found here: http://
The announcement – made by the Sunlight Foundation in the US – can be found below.
For more information please contact Martin Moore at martin.moore@
DETECT POSSIBLE NEWS PLAGIARISM ONLINE WITH CHURNALISM US
New Text Matching Tool from the Sunlight Foundation
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation and Media Standards Trust today introduce a new tool called Churnalism US [http://churnalism.
Churnalism is a tool that matches fragments of text between two documents online by comparing it to our database of press releases and Wikipedia entries. You can either install an extension to your Internet browser to run Churnalism automatically, or you can manually paste in the URL or text of an article on the main site [http://churnalism.
Sunlight’s Churnalism is based on a UK site of the same name [http://churnalism.com/] and is driven by open-source search engine technology dubbed SuperFastMatch [https://github.com/
“Here at Sunlight, we’re increasingly interested in tracking not just the flow of money in politics, but the flow of ideas, whether in legislation or floor speeches or news articles,” said Tom Lee, Sunlight Labs director. “When we learned of what Media Standards Trust developed, it seemed natural for us to help them bring it to the U.S. news consumer.”
“If we’re going to reward original news we have to be able to distinguish it from content that’s just copy-pasted,” said Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust. “Churnalism.com is a tool that helps us tell the difference. We’re very excited that it will now be available in the U.S. as well”.
Use the tool by visiting http://churnalism.
Watch a brief tutorial video on how to use the site.
During the development and beta testing phases for Churnalism, we found some interesting results, including a faux pas made by a wire service just last week.
- Reuters (4/18/13) [http://churnalism.
sunlightfoundation.com/ sidebyside/ 02f840bdca1b517cb2079ab0ab4c2f 18/10/698006] — An erroneously published obituary for George Soros that was then deleted and includes a number of references from his Wikipedia page.
- CBS News (10/4/12) [http://churnalism.
sunlightfoundation.com/ sidebyside/ 6fc84ef42cc5537b80585e8e0dc1c9 7d/4/80676/] — This science article features numerous citations directly lifted from a press release distributed on EurekaAlert!
- New York Times (3/1/11) [http://churnalism.
sunlightfoundation.com/ sidebyside/ 851afc7965665e54a39146ba6bd4b6 15/10/684189/] — Example of a reverse application of the tool. This New York Times article was added to a Wikipedia entry on the Arab Spring.
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Visit http://SunlightFoundation.com to learn more about Sunlight’s projects, including http://PoliticalPartyTime.org and http://influenceexplorer.com and http://Scout.
The Media Standards Trust is a UK-based independent registered charity that fosters high standards in news on behalf of the public. Visit http://mediastandardstrust.