The Wikinewsie Group/Newsletter/5
The Wikinewsie Group Newsletter
- The Wikinewsie Group News
- Edition 5, November 8, 2013
- Project news
- The Wikinewsie Group/Local Wikinews policies is the start of a guide that explains local Wikinews project policies with the goal of making it easier to recognise credentials across project, build on accumulated reputation from one project to another and facilitate translation work.
- Historical Czech Wikinews experiment is a blog entry by Okino that looks at the community impact of allowing writers to write Wikinews articles from a past perspective, IE writing a story about a historical battle as if you were a journalist writing that article the day after it happened. The purpose was to attempt to make Wikinews more collaborative in nature and avoid the time constraints of the immediacy of news reporting. Okino shows that while the reaction to the idea was positive, the true interest in writing the articles of this type was small as the vast majority of them were written by him.
- A conversation is taking place on Wikinoticias about allowing CC-BY-NC images to be locally uploaded.
- A conversation is taking place on English Wikinews with a WMF staff member about the future of search and potential special search features for Wikinews projects.
- Training materials
Between May 1 and October 31, when The Wikinewsie Group Newsletter first began tracking original reporting taking place across all projects, 227 stories have been published by 78 reporters 14 different language Wikinews projects. The projects with the greatest number of reporters engaged in original reporting were English with 15, Russian with 14, Polish with 13 and French with 10. Beyond these, original there were one or more journalists engaging in original reporting on Catalan, Chinese, Esperanto, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Ukrainian. The peak month for reporting across all projects was May with 52 articles. It was followed by June with 49, August with 44, September with 43 and July with 39.
- A one page guide and a screencast were created that explain how to avoid plagiarism on Wikinews. Available data suggests this is somewhat of an issue for new and student reporters on English Wikinews, with roughly 10 to 20% of all submitted articles having some sort of copyright issue.
- Training materials were created to better support new reporters wanting to produce photo essays. They can be found at Photo Essays for Wikinews, Photojournalist worksheet, and Wikinews Photo Essay Formatting. Assistance is requested in translating these to other languages and localizing them to local project requirements. This would be very helpful ahead of the Sochi Paralympic Games, where there are expected to be a number of photo essays produced.
- Given the difficulty of new reporters being unable to get their first article published on Wikinews, a video was created to encourage these writers to stick with it. It can be found at The first time writing for Wikinews good.ogv. It is somewhat tongue in cheek, and tries to address the emotional implications of a not ready review. The problem of getting new reporters who are unsuccessful at getting their article published has been identified as a major area for work. It has a large impact on reporter retention.
- Of interest for journalists
- Copyright's Role in a Free Press is an article by Terry Hart of the copyright alliance on the issue of funding important investigative journalism.
- Provisional Chairperson LauraHale made a presentation at the EduWiki Conference 2013 in Cardiff, Wales about educational efforts on English Wikinews. Findings she included that changes in reviewing practices between semester 1 and semester 2 for one university course saw similar improvements for new reporters. What is good for students is good for the whole community.
- With the Education Extension installed successfully on English Wikinews, a portal was started at WN:EDU to encourage and provide training for educators to use Wikinews in their coursework. This is something The Wikinewsie Group is hoping to expand upon in the future, and plans to try to get translated into other languages. Plans are also underway to create a student portal to provide training for students. Many things to Sage Ross for his assistance in setting up the educator portal.
- The major GLAM work being done by a Wikinewsie at the moment is a Wikimedian in Residency with the Comité Paralímpico Español. A report was created this month for CPE based on interviews done in August. It can be found here.
- Paralympic work being done with the US Olympic Committee is progressing.
- Original reporting - summary
In the past four months, Spanish, Polish, French, Ukrainian, Russian and English have all produced over 20 total pieces of original reporting, with Russian Wikinews publishing 41 stories and English Wikinews publishing 60 stories.
LauraHale, RockerballAustralia, Antanana, Agamitsudo, Dmitry Rozhkov, Plogi, Krassotkin, Schekinov Alexey Victorovich, and MadriCR have each produced 5 or more pieces of original reporting in the past four months. Another group of users, Joan301009, Bddpaux, Computron, Laslovarga, Fed4ev and Yakudza, have produced four articles each.
For September, only three pieces of 43 original reports produced were translated from one language to another. They were Wikinews interviews specialists on China, Iran, Russia support for al-Assad, Wikinews interviews Dr Thomas Scotto and Dr Steve Hewitt about potential US military intervention in Syria, Atlético de Madrid defeats Real Madrid 1-0 in 2013 derby and Tokio gana la sede de los Juegos Olímpicos 2020. Original reporting is a major strength of Wikinews. It is one we should be playing to. The Wikinewsie Group would like to encourage everyone to assist translating Wikinews work into another language, or finding a local reporter to assist with translating a work from where it was originally published into that language. This will benefit all languages, promote more cooperation between projects, and expand news reach for our reporting which we can leverage to provide more opportunities for reporters.
- Original reporting output
- See also: Авторський репортаж. The wiki uses nothing for the publish process.
- Легенди «Титаніка» в Україні (created by OlgaKolomoets) 2013-10-21
- «Сокіл» Бортнянського в Дитячій академії мистецтв (created by A1) 2013-10-15
- See also: Wikinoticias:Reportajes originales sin notas, Artículos publicados. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Deportivo Cali venció a La Equidad y se clasificó anticipadamente a los cuadrangulares finales (created by Remux) 2013-10-27
- Presidenta de Costa Rica queda "atrapada" en aeropuerto panameño por falla de Copa Airlines (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-20
- Senado de Estados Unidos aprueba proyecto para reabrir el gobierno federal y elevar techo de la deuda (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-17
- Terremoto de 7,1 grados sacude Filipinas y deja cuantiosos daños materiales (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-15
- Hackean el sitio de Google Costa Rica (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-14
- Un inusual sismo de 4,5 se registra en la costa este de Estados Unidos (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-08
- Candidato presidencial de Costa Rica regresa a la campaña política dos días después de haber presentado su renuncia (created by MadriCR) 2013-10-05
- See also: Оригинальные репортажи, Опубликовано. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Судьбу Ярославского музея-заповедника обсудили на Круглом столе (created by PereslavlFoto) 2013-10-28
- В проектах Викимедиа новый механизм уведомлений (created by Arbnos) 2013-10-23
- Сборная Боснии и Герцеговины впервые в истории вышла в финальную часть чемпионатов мира по футболу (created by Brateevsky) 2013-10-17
- See also: Reportage original, Article publié. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Arménie : la seconde wikiconférence organisée à Erevan se termine aujourd'hui (created by Agamitsudo) 2013-10-06
- Championnat de France de rugby 2008-2009 : les résultats de la première journée (created by Grondin) 2012-12-14
- Championnat de France de rugby 2008-2009 : Perpignan remporte le bouclier de Brennus (created by Grondin) 2012-12-14
- Championnat de France de rugby 2007-2008 : Toulouse remporte son dix-septième titre (created by Grondin) 2012-12-14
- See also: Изворни извештај, Објављено. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Позив за нове доприносиоце на техничким пројектима Викимедије (created by Laslovarga) 2013-10-24
- ВикиПутовање има нови лого (created by Laslovarga) 2013-10-20
- Википедијин Едукативни програм се шири арапским светом (created by Laslovarga) 2013-10-20
- 维基媒体项目用户个人信息可能泄漏 (created by Aoke1989) 2013-10-05
- See also: Materiały autorskie. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Otwarcie Nowych Ogrodów w Dobrzycy koło Koszalina - 27 września 2013 roku (created by Hortulus) 2013-10-29
- Prelekcja w Związku Esperantystów na temat Światowego Kongresu Esperanto w Reykjavíku (created by Marek Mazurkiewicz) 2013-10-16
- Prelekcja w Związku Esperantystów na temat Izraela (created by Marek Mazurkiewicz) 2013-10-08
- Międzynarodowe Targi Kolejowe TRAKO 2013 w Gdańsku (created by Travelarz) 2013-10-01
- See also: Original reporting, Published. The wiki uses flagged revisions for the publish process.
- Slow start to winter 2013/2014 flu season in USA (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-27
- Controversy brews surrounding small Texas church (created by Bddpaux) 2013-10-21
- Wikinews interviews Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party nominee for Governor of Virginia (created by William S. Saturn) 2013-10-19
- Wikinews interviews meteorological experts on Cyclone Phalin (created by Computron) 2013-10-14
- 2013 Autumn Old and Antique Bookfair continues in Madrid (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-11
- Australia has mixed OECD rankings for literacy and numeracy amongst adults (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-11
- Spain sits near the bottom of OECD rankings on adult literacy and numeracy (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-10
- Japanese adults rank high in literacy and numeracy in OECD survey (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-09
- Wikinews interviews President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (created by Bddpaux) 2013-10-09
- CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government shutdown (created by LauraHale) 2013-10-08
- Wikinews interviews specialists on South Korea military parade (created by Computron) 2013-10-06
- Port Kembla, New South Wales residents keep faith in their region (created by Lbuow) (Not yet published)
- Lousiana State University's coach Les Miles laments his team's recent loss to Ole Miss (created by Bddpaux) (Not yet published)
- See also: Wikinews:Originalbericht, Veröffentlicht. The wiki uses a category for the publish process.
- Münchner Trachtenlauf 2013 (created by Usien) 2013-10-13
- Oliver Sebrantke zum dritten Mal Sieger beim Marathon in Bremen (created by House1630) 2013-10-07
- Heidi K. zu fünfeinhalb Jahren verurteilt – Innenansichten einer Gerichtsverhandlung (created by Itu) 2013-10-05
- Der Winter kommt: Deutschlands Städte bieten mehr Hilfe für Obdachlose (created by House1630) 2013-10-02