Over 30,000 journalists have been laid off, furloughed, or seen their pay cut due to economic woes arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Despite that, news organizations are receiving more tips and whistleblower stories than ever, many from people on the frontlines of coronavirus. Journalists have to juggle dozens of roles at once: find sources, vet tips, interview people, conduct outside research, and write and edit stories.
Lioness is building a tech-enabled product to help media organizations sort through the chaos. The platform will help the public submit their tips through a secure portal. It will allow for anonymity, and remove identifying metadata from any screenshots they might include in their tip. Our team will vet and route these tips to journalist partners. Our system will use machine learning to flag keywords, so that tips end up in front of journalists who cover the applicable sectors (like health, science, business, or tech).
We have healthcare workers already sending in tips to Lioness via email and social media, and our journalist partners are eager to use our product. Our wireframes sit in wait and we have a team of developers with expertise in cybersecurity ready to build our platform. We just need the funding to pay our developer team, and to test the product with journalists!
We are an all-women team -- writers, strategists, designers -- who have received zero outside funding to date.