There’s a new-ish site ranking the credibility of journalists and bloggers. It’s called NewsCred.
Take a look. NewsCred enables readers to do several things, including personalize the news they want to receive from mainstream sources and blogs. It also ranks the credibility of each article, journalist and news source, and shows overall trends on media credibility based on those scores.
For instance, today there is a story from Slate indicating one in seven Gitmo detainees rejoin the ranks of militants. According to NewsCred, that story is 80 percent credible.
How did it reach that number? Readers voted. So that means the conspiracy theorist in the cubicle next door and all his buddies could've deemed it credible. Although I'm sure that's not the case—this time.
The folks at NewsCred anticipated a snarky remark like that. They have this to say in their About Us section:
"We agree that not everyone can know if every article is credible or not. We don't expect that. However, we truly believe that being a newsreader is qualification enough to voice your opinion. And if enough members of our community take the time to participate and vote, we can get it right."
Ah, the wisdom of the crowd.
NewsCred is currently in beta form.