MMGA brings journalists and the community together through annotations

Journalists have to deal with a vast amount of information on a wide range of topics. Small mistakes are normal, human. There is no such thing as fully objective, flawless journalism. 

We are on a mission to help journalists on their quest of informing the public. MMGA is on the lookout for a diversity of people in all communities who want to help improve the quality of media to avoid misinformation. 

Annotations are a great way to be helpful to journalists.

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. In this setting it works because its purpose is to be “actionable” and constructive, instead of loose opinions and comments which are predominant on social platforms

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

The annotation is then visible to the community and the editorial team. Other members can quickly react. 

3  Annotators can interact with the suggestion by adding sources or arguments.

They can support it or  refute it by presenting supporting or counter sources and/or arguments

4  The article’s author and/or editor can then respond to the annotation He/she too uses editorial labels to be more clear and signal his response

The author can choose to accept or reject an annotation. In case the annotation is accepted, the author changes the corresponding part of the article

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 quest.

You’ll find the labels currently used in the editorial process here.

For the community

Good    Unverifiable    Unreliable   Link   False   balance   Insufficient   Sloppy





False balance 



Considerably correct information and sources

Source is missing and / or origin is unclear:

Source is unreliable

Link to source 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 within 2 hours   improvement now impossible   

annotation rejected

How to become an annotator


We are actively looking for diverse domain experts and general critical, experienced readers / writers who find it fascinating to critically assess journalism news articles with comments (‘annotations’) on resource use and information provision

Are you naturally experienced with critical reading and observingcritical, precise and open to discussion? 

Do you have special domain knowledge / expertise?

Then join the movement!

Training and guidance

All joining annotators go through training for logical reasoning and for the usage of labels. Our Chief Annotator provides everything necessary to get started.

Applicant annotators also go through the Annotator’s test, which is a series of annotating exercises together with a sample of the community to assess the quality and appropriateness of their suggestions.

Contact Us

Stichting Bèma
Phone: 0204277703





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