Independent and nonprofit
The aim of DailySource is to make the world a better place. The choice of what news articles to publish is made independent of advertisers or corporate offices. The site is supported almost entirely by grants from foundations and donations from the public enabling it to focus on what serves the public and not on how advertisers react.
Coverage of news events that is constructive and positive
Even when a situation or story is negative, DailySource looks for articles that in addition to the negative facts, offer varying perspectives, solutions and other useful information to provide people with a choice of how to respond to the event. The public will also find stories of progress, hope and inspiration on a regular basis so they will see what is getting better in addition to what is getting worse. Every day on the front page, the Good News section highlights good works that are being done by individuals or groups to improve the world.
Easy to use and visually appealing
The site is easy to use and navigate, plus has high visual appeal. The site’s main pages are free of advertising banners, pop-up ads and other clutter. In a recent Ford Foundation study, 69 percent of the Internet news users surveyed stated they believe pop-up ads lessened a news site’s credibility, while 60 percent said ads with sound effects hurt a news site’s credibility and 58 percent said the same of ads with video. Younger respondents on average were even more concerned by the presence of such advertisements.
A model and a source for journalists
As a site that adheres to the highest of standards and collects high quality articles from around the Web, DailySource is a model for quality reporting and editing. The site is also a place where other journalists can source story ideas, breaking news and key trends for writing their own articles. According to a 2003 study by the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet at George Washington University, 74 percent of political journalists surf the Web for at least an hour each day, with 36.9 percent spending between one to two hours per day and 30.6 percent spending two to three hours a day. The most frequent use of the time spent was reading news coverage, which over half said they do “very often.”
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