It's unfortunate that 4estate.media *requires* a keybase account to be eligible to join:
It ties membership on that instance to a third-party, Zoom-owned centralized service:
A journalism-focused instance is really needed on fedi. But making a centralized service effectively the gatekeeper there is regrettable.
/repost, didn't notice the account move, sorry!
In my defense, the about page for 4estate.media still lists the old account as the admin: https://4estate.media/about
You're absolutely right, I haven't updated this thing in about a million years and have only resurrected it because a few folks have expressed interest. Thanks for reminding me that I had a Keybase requirement earlier (back from before Keybase was acquired by Zoom), I've since dropped that and don't require it anymore, updating the About page now!
@aendra thank you. I think there is immense value to having a journalism-focused instance. I know plenty of journalists who would consider joining fedi at some point, and their main question always is "which instance". Good to have a decent answer to that (obviously).
That said, perhaps scholar.social can serve as a bit of a template? Not sure how exactly they draw the line, but it seems to be working well.
By Journalists, For Journalists: 4estate.media is a closed instance reserved exclusively for journalists or academics working in the journalism field