About NewsQ

NewsQ is an initiative of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and supported by Hacks/Hackers. NewsQ seeks to elevate quality journalism when algorithms rank and recommend news articles online. We approach this problem by engaging in design thinking activities in collaboration with technology, journalism, academia and other communities with the goal of generating resources.

NewsQ grows out of the awareness that, in order to confront the challenge of supporting quality journalism amid decreasing revenues, shared definitions, data, and conversations are essential. Through our participatory approach, we hope to promote constructive steps towards solutions. And in this way, NewsQ hopes to contribute to efforts that drive financial support towards quality news and away from disinformation, and misinformation.

About the Center and Project Funders

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism serves as a catalyst for journalism innovation and sustainability by running education programs, events, and communities.

This initiative was formerly known as the Quality News Project and for a brief period of time as the NewsQA project.

Since 2018, NewsQ has received support from the Facebook Journalism Project and Civic, incubated at TED. The KNoW Science Collaboration has also received support from WikiCred. It has also received an award from the Computing Community Consortium.


A number of contributors make NewsQ possible, including data providers and advisers.

Data Providers

By providing information that enables exploration and discovery around quality news, contributing organizations and companies make insights possible. Our contributing organizations and companies include:

We thank these companies and organizations for their willingness to share data with the project.


Currently, the following organizations have members who serve as advisers to the project:

  • Civic, incubated at TED
  • Facebook Journalism Project
  • Google News Initiative
  • MediaWell, Social Science Research Council

The NewsQ Team

Andrea Brás, NewsQ Strategist

Brás has a professional background in education, translation and editing. She has worked as an editorial lead with data journalism initiative NewsFrames and as an editor covering South Asia and Southeast Asia for citizen media outlet Global Voices. Before joining NewsQ, she was the Community Manager for Localization Lab and was responsible for coordinating a community of 6000+ translators working to make internet freedom technology available in underrepresented languages. 

Brás is co-chair of Credibility Coalition’s CredLiteracy working group, is a researcher for CredCo and Hacks/Hackers CredCatalog and served on the organizing committee of MisinfoCon 2019.

Her research interests include news credibility, media literacy, online challenges for linguistically diverse communities, and alternative education methodology. 

Kate Harloe, NewsQ Strategist

Harloe has worked for Wired magazine, San Francisco magazine, Crosscut Public Media, and NewsGuard. With the support of a national Foreign Language and Area Studies award, she earned a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley. Harloe has also received a Society of Professional Journalists award and a Fellowship for the Study of Professional Ethics at Auschwitz, among other honors.

Harloe’s research interests include journalism ethics, diversity in journalism, media criticism, and the history and sociology of journalism.

A graduate of Hamilton College and University of California-Berkeley, Harloe recently served as senior editorial fellow at Mother Jones magazine, where she wrote about gender, politics and the federal judiciary.

Connie Moon Sehat, Director

Connie has focused on the intersections of technology and democratic life for the past twenty years, whether dissertating in German history, developing International Space Station software, or directing projects like NewsFrames at Global Voices, the New Orleans Research Collaborative, and ELMO (election, human rights, and health monitoring at getelmo.org). She has most recently served as Research Community Lead of the Credibility Coalition and leads the NewsQ Initiative. Connie has also previously worked for The Carter Center, Emory University, and The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.


  • Yemile Bucay
  • Trust Metrics

Contact Us

If you have questions about the NewsQ project, contact us at:

hello [at] newsQ [dot] net

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