About NewsQ

NewsQ sought to elevate quality journalism when algorithms rank and recommend news articles online. From 2018-2023, we approached this problem by engaging in design thinking activities in collaboration with technology, journalism, academia, and other communities with the goal of generating resources.

NewsQ grew out of the awareness that, in order to confront the challenge of supporting quality journalism amid decreasing revenues, there is a need for shared definitions, data, and conversations. Through NewsQ’s participatory approach, we hoped to promote constructive steps towards solutions. And in this way, NewsQ hoped /to contribute to efforts that drive financial support towards quality news and away from disinformation, and misinformation.

NewsQ was an initiative of Hacks/Hackers, which grew out of a collaboration with the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. This initiative was formerly known as the Quality News Project and for a brief period of time as the NewsQA project.

Project Funders and Recognition

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, a major supporter of this work over the years, serves as a catalyst for journalism innovation and sustainability by running education programs, events, and communities.

Between 2018 and 2021, NewsQ also received support from the Facebook Journalism Project and Civic, incubated at TED (which became the Healthy Internet Project). The KNoW Science Collaboration received support from WikiCred.

NewsQ received an award from the Computing Community Consortium in 2019.

In 2021-2022, work on the Quality Vaccine Journalism questionnaire was supported by the National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator to Hacks/Hackers under the ARTT project.

In addition, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the Tow-Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY supported our work related to reliable sources on Wikipedia.


A number of contributors have made 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. Contributing organizations and companies to the NewsQ API have included:

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


Over the years, the following organizations have members who served as advisers to the project:

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

The NewsQ Team


Connie Moon Sehat, Director

Andrea Bras • Kate Harloe • Yemile Bucay • Trust Metrics •

Nevin Thompson • MD Momen Bhuiyan • Humphrey Obuobi • Alex Bornhoft • Jake Orlowitz

Contact Us

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

hello [at] newsQ [dot] net

Last updated: December 20, 2023