About Offstream

Offstream is a fact-based news project by Veronika Voss started in 2016. In its fifth year, Offstream attracts more than 10,000 unique readers every week and more than 1,000,000 requests per month (CloudFlare Analytics, April 2020), with over 2,000 followers on Twitter (April 2020).

How is Offstream different?

Offstream is a news website based on the information from Wikipedia Current Events Portal (News section), with occasional editorial content (Articles section). It aims to be an Open Website, meaning access to it and its API is free, open, unmonitored, unlimited, possible in different formats (HTML, XML, JSON and Markdown) and licensed under a permissive CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Offstream does not use cookies, sessions or local storage. It does not use tracking or analytics. It does not display ads. It does not store access logs. It does not rate-limit access to the website or the API.

Offstream is open source, with code available on GitHub. Each page change and history is stored individually on GitHub. Each page can be accessed securely with SSL or without it, for users who cannot use encryption.

What kind of news it shows?

Offstream displays current events selected by the Wikipedia Current Events Portal editors. The news items are short and unopinionated. Each item contains links to sources with full stories, usually an outside media organisation. Each item also contains links to related news discovered by Offstream after analysing Wikipedia data. Our News section is maintained by robots.

This website also publishes longform articles and opinion editorials, written by different authors. The Articles section is curated by Veronika Voss, the Executive Editor.

How can I get the news on my phone/tablet/computer?

You can bookmark Offstream, it is updated several times a day. You can subscribe to the RSS feeds: the News feed and the Articles feed. You can follow Offstream on Twitter: @offstream_news, and select to receive push notifications on latest news tweets (instructions).

Developers can also get the news directly from Offstream API, in HTML, XML, JSON or Markdown.

Since this project is Open Source, can I help?

Offstream is open to any contribution, of any kind, from anyone. If you want to help, please make contact via GitHub.