MMGA brings journalists and audience together through annotations

Annotations are a great way to help journalists and other public information providers

What is an annotation?

Formal definition

A short explanation or opinion on a text or figure

Traditionally, scientific work and academic papers are the major target and consumer of this layer of feedback.

MMGA definition

Clear suggestion directly attributed to a sentence or paragraph. Must be actionable, i.e., must avoid debate and, if correct, directly trigger a correction

We aim for a meaningful community contribution to the editorial process.We believe we can stimulate professionalism and a constructive environment among members of our system


How to annotate?

An annotation starts by highlighting a statement or paragraph.

2  The annotator then selects a label that describes the nature of the suggestion. This makes it more objective and clear for the author to take action

3  The annotation then becomes visible to the editors who make a choice to follow up or reject a suggestion.

4  Annotations and reactions are also visible to the public

The use of labels

Annotation labels make the interaction between the community and journalists more efficient and clear. It also guides the annotators so they can be more objective and make meaningful contributions.

How to define labels that summarize the feedback and give input for meaningful improvements? This is our ongoing search.

Here you will find the labels as currently in use in the editorial process in a test with

For the community

Good    Add source    Source verification required   Link   Possibly unbalanced   Substantiation needed   Language


Add source

Source verification required


Possibly unbalanced 

Substantiation needed


Considerably correct information and sources

Source is missing and / or origin is unclear:

Source is unreliable

Link to source(s) missing

More balance with sources needed

Information is lacking or unclear

Sloppy wording and / or typing and / or language errors

For the journalist

annotation followed up   improvement will be picked up later   improvement now impossible   annotation rejected

How to become an annotator


We are actively looking for diverse domain experts and experienced readers / writers who find it fascinating to critically assess journalism news articles,

Do you read critically? Are you observant, accurate in nature and open to discussion?

Do you have special domain knowledge or text expertise?

Then join the movement!

Training and guidance

Annotators receive extensive instruction and testing in order to assess their suitability.

The guidance is continuous to ensure a quality and vibrant annotator community

Contact Us

Stichting Bèma
Phone: 0204277703





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