==='''''To present up-to-date, relevant, newsworthy and entertaining content without bias'''''===
Wikinews promotes the idea of participatory journalism because of the belief that citizens know what is news like no others. You are invited to join in this effort, and share news that is of interest to you.
The Wikinews project is a [[w:free content|free content]] [[w:news source|news source]] of the Wikimedia Foundation that seeks to provide content where everyone is invited to contribute reports about events large and small, either from direct experience, or summarized from elsewhere. Wikinews is founded on the idea to build a unique news environment to enrich the media landscape.
Wikinews will be useful even if it starts by having few original reports—because it will provide free, neutral, integrated summaries of the news from elsewhere. It will already be useful even if the subject range covered will be full of gaps—because in these subject areas, we will already benefit from the collaborative wiki model. It will grow to become more useful every day.
While Wikinews aims to one day be a useful resource of its own, it will also provide an alternative to proprietary news agencies like the ''Associated Press'' or ''Reuters''; that is, it will allow independent media outfits to get a high quality feed of news free of charge to complement their own reporting. Thanks to [[w:Copyleft|copyleft]], anyone can create their own free news source—even a non-neutral one—on the basis of this work.
There are many challenges. Wikinews adopted the key principles that made Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia websites what they are today: [[w:Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|neutral]], [[w:free content|free content]] and [[w:open decision-making process|open decision-making processes]].
* [[m:Wikinews|Wikinews proposal and project page]]
* [[m:Wikinews#Mission_statement|Original mission statement]]
* [[m:Wikinews/Vote|Wikinews vote]]