Make sense of the global web

Meedan builds digital tools for global journalism and translation. We are a team of designers, technologists and journalists who focus on open source investigation of digital media and crowdsourced translation of social media. With commercial, media and university partners, we support research, curriculum development, and new forms of digital storytelling.

Our Work

Verify breaking news online

Check combines smart checklists, workflow integrations, and intuitive design to make digital newsgathering an efficient and collaborative process. Invite your team and online community in a secure environment to work together to validate breaking news content. Then, quickly show the work to your audience on social media or your news site.

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Translate the global web

Bridge helps communities translate, annotate, share, and source the most compelling global content on social media. Starting with a pilot with the National Geographic Society and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk project, the product aims to support a team of translators with tools like glossaries and translation memories.

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Initiatives

Pop Up Newsroom

Pop-Up Newsroom was founded in 2017 by Dig Deeper Media and Meedan and is an innovation framework for newsrooms that are changing the way they collaborate, communicate and engage audiences through new tools and training. Our structured approach to innovation — both technological and editorial — is unique.

The Pop-Up Newsroom team have been involved in leading a number of large, high-profile social monitoring and verification projects since 2016: from Electionland in the US, to CrossCheck in France, #GE2017 in the UK and #Verificado2018 in Mexico. In 2018 and 2019 we have Pop-Up Newsrooms planned to aid election coverage in Sweden, Latvia, India and for the European elections. We are also planning Pop-Up Newsrooms to improve innovation in social monitoring, digital news gathering, disaster coverage and local journalism across Europe.

Credibility Coalition

The Credibility Coalition is a diverse, interdisciplinary community committed to improving information ecosystems and media literacy through transparent and collaborative exploration. Rather than jointly deciding whether an article is “credible” or “not credible” or endorsing any single index or evaluation of credibility, the Credibility Coalition fosters the development of a framework around which credibility can be discussed and interpreted.

Our goal is to provide a range of indicators that can be used by a person — or a system — to gauge if an article can inform or educate that person (or whoever the audience is likely to be).

Our Latest

We maintain two Medium channels, where we share the latest news about our verification and language initiatives.

Meedan Updates

Verification, global journalism and Meedan activities
Meedan Board Member named Time Person of the Year 2018-12-11 meedan journalism
Maria Ressa joins Meedan Board 2018-11-14
فتح باب التقديم على منح في الصحافة الاستقصائية — خريف ٢٠١٨ 2018-10-26 صحافة إعلام منح
Task Notes on Check 2018-09-23 open-source-software journalism fact-checking
Verificado 2018 Wins Major Collaboration and Partnerships Award 2018-09-20 journalism mexico elections
RightsCon Translation Lab 2018: How we did it and what we learned 2018-09-06 language open-source-software human-rights
OJA18: Excellence in Collaboration and Partnership Finalist, Verificado 2018 2018-08-29 mexico fact-checking elections

Words About Words

Thoughts on language and the global internet
The events in Myanmar remind us that language access in technology is a human rights issue 2018-08-31 human-rights translation
Mobile Translation for Refugees 2017-06-16 translation refugees
Bridge for Crisis: A New Twitter Account for Refugee Audiences 2017-03-28 social-media refugees translation
Arab Social Media Roundup: Reflections and Lessons Learned 2016-08-22 journalism arabic news
Meet a Bridge Translator: Melisa Garcia aka “Mel the Poet” 2016-07-14 2016-election translation social-media
We Translated #RightsCon to Spanish and Arabic 2016-05-03 twitter social-media translation
We’re Translating RightsCon to Spanish and Arabic 2016-03-24 rightscon social-media twitter

Our Supporters

Since 2006, Meedan has worked with a network of extraordinary sponsors, clients, and partners.

Meedan is a hybrid nonprofit/for-profit organization. We share code, people, offices, and values across two companies. Meedan.org is a registered 501(c) 3 established in 2006 that works on non-commercial projects to support global journalism and help nonprofits extend their translation efforts. Meedan Labs is a for-profit spun off in 2014 to develop software for collaborative social media translation for commercial projects.

Contact Us

  • San Francisco

    1355 Market, Suite 488

    San Francisco, CA 94103

    USA

  • Vancouver

    300-422 Richards Street

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Canada, V6B 2Z4

  • Salvador

    Rua Marechal Floriano, 28 - Sala 302

    CEP 41.110-010

    Salvador - Bahia - Brazil