In 2005, after a creative/executive career consulting to or working with Music Television, Apple Computer and Macromedia, Fabrice Florin was near age 50 and decided it was time to focus on a social challenge -- how to help sustain and morph fact-based journalism in the Internet age.
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Florin' answer was to found Newstrust.net, a non-profit which builds online tools to help citizens find, check, rate and present trustworthy news. Newstrust is developing three services which could help libraries and journalists to foster participatory democracy and engagement -- local Newstrust sites (like a prototype for Baltimore), a fact-checking service and Newstrust Newsgroups, which schools are using extensively and libraries may be able to, as well.
In this 29-minute interview with Journalism That Matters' Bill Densmore, Florin describes those three initiatives. Speaking from Mill Valley, Calif., where he and Newstrust are based, the discussion with Florin is designed to support the participation by Newstrust editor Michael Labonte in "Beyond Books." Labonte is based in Massachusetts.