He said while “generally speaking we always recommend journalists shouldn’t necessarily cite Wikipedia”, he advised reporters to use it as a “starting point” and then search out community discussions and what they “want to know”.
He added that he is pleased with the “stamp of approval” when news outlets link to Wikipedia.
Listen to the audio below in which he also explains the licences used by Wikipedia, such as for the use of images.
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