Project: All the World’s News in a Day

I’ve wanted to work on a project to compile a daily representative update of all the world’s news. This update would include a single article from a single publication in each of the world’s 195 countries. This post details my thinking about such a project. What it might cost and how it might work. It also documents why the project hasn’t gotten beyond ideation stage with my efforts alone.

Why?

I’m interested in the topic of representative information. The media/news we consume today is not representative of our world. A typical media channel will have a mix of local and international news. International news is dominated by a small number countries. Often that coverage has limited direct impact on the lives of the people watching. Through the workings of globalized media incentives, somewhat random news is surfaced to the top.

The Question

I wonder if we prepared a representative daily news update organized randomly, alphabetically or in an order opposite to the assumptions of the reader, would it influence how that person sees the world in a positive way.

Editorial / Selection Rules

The single story selected for each country would meet basic editorial standards in this pilot/demo project.

Formatting / Update Guidelines

The daily news update itself would follow very basic formatting guidelines.

Future Ideas/Enhancements

If the first pilot goes well, these are some future enhancement ideas.

Pilot Platform and Requirements

For simplicity of the pilot and making the delivery as straightforward as possible, this is the approach I’m considering.

Status

Given that selection of the articles could take up to 48 hours and I have 1 hour spare each week, I’m not even able to do this on a monthly basis. I’ll have to shelve this idea until I can raise funds to pay the freelancers or I’m able to identify/recruit a large network of volunteers.

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