Wikipedia needs money – but is it too proud to find appropriate backers?

They might not like this, but one solution to the funding problem facing Wikipedia is to think about charging organisations and individuals for a profile of themselves – the more information, the greater the charge.  Clearly sign-posted as funded copy, but based on a factual formula rather than being puffy adverts.  Ideally written by a team of experts who aren’t directly paid by those involved in the entry, but contracted via the Wikipedia organisation.  Possibly the content would be one sided, but the existing Wikipedia model could offer counter perspectives.  So then the public would have one source where they could check and consider different viewpoints. 

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.