pi zero | 1 Jul 04:00 2015

English Wikinews ArbCom elections, 2015

English Wikinews needs

* volunteers for the election committee.

* nominees for ArbCom.

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Gregory Varnum | 21 Apr 01:39 2015

Nominations being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections


I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections. This year the Board and the FDC Staff are looking for a diverse set of candidates from regions and projects that are traditionally under-represented on the board and in the movement as well as candidates with experience in technology, product or finance. To this end they have 
published letters describing what they think is needed and, recognizing that those who know the community the best are the community themselves, the election committee is accepting nominations for community members you think should run and will reach out to those nominated to provide them with information about the job and the election process.

This year, elections are being held for the following roles:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long term sustainability of the Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection.  There are three positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Board_elections/2015.    

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities.  There are five positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/FDC_elections/2015.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Ombud
The FDC Ombud receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees,  and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.  One position is being filled.  More information about this role can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015

The candidacy submission phase lasts from 00:00 UTC April 20 to 23:59 UTC May 5 for the Board and from 00:00 UTCApril 20 to 23:59 UTC April 30 for the FDC and FDC Ombudsperson. This year, we are accepting both self-nominations and nominations of others. More information on this election and the nomination process can be found at  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015.

Please feel free to post a note about the election on your project's village pump. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections <at> wikimedia.org 

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
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pi zero | 1 Jul 14:46 2014

English Wikinews ArbCom elections, 2014

English Wikinews needs

* to agree on election procedures, at the water cooler.

* volunteers for the election committee.

* nominees for ArbCom.

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Brian McNeil | 15 Apr 20:12 2014

Whither Wikinewsie.org?

For reference, when reading the title, [1].

For confidence from those who use wikinewsie.org, it isn't going 
anywhere. But, where next for the little bit of 'social engineering' 
it's been?

People in European countries are stuck with State/Interior Departments 
which refuse to recognise those who don't make the majority of their 
living from journalism as members of the press. There's the odd judicial 
judgement giving 'citizen journalists' the same protections and courtesy 
as the 'formally recognised' press; sadly, we lack the infrastructure to 
robustly rely on such judgements, or to indemnify people where they 
might-well get themselves in trouble.

Lots of things have been tried on various language Wikinews projects; 
those with an interest in the educational aspect of quality journalism 
are likely to have a really broad range of things they might regard as 
priorities. What might build readership, contributor levels, encourage 
'more ambitious' reporting? What makes the project more-respected, even 
if that is solely outwith the Wikimedia 'movement'?

If we need an organisation like The Wikinewsie Group (TWG)[2], what 
goals do Wikinews contributors and editors want to see it achieve? What 
do you, regardless of the language you call "Mother Tongue", see as the 
most-readily supported, and argued for, purpose of a NPoV news source? 
That can be the 'sausage machine' of rewriting mainstream news so "What 
was known at the time" goes into a freely-accessible archive, or it can 
be capturing the moment "On-the-spot" reporting. If you're wise, I 
suspect it will be both.

Please help make sure this reaches people on non-English Wikis. The 
needs, and perceived goals, of Wikinewsies around the world are 
stunningly diverse. Wherever TWG jumps in setting up and first 
registering, we've a messily diverse constituency to satisfy.

[1] https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/whither
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikinewsie_Group

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Laura Hale | 15 Mar 17:50 2014

Fwd: updates

Can anyone assist on the English Wikinews side for anything needing assistance?  I'm leaving Spain in about 12 hours and unable to do so in  a timely manner. :/

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zhuangziyun | 10 Feb 17:17 2014

online survey invitation

Excuse me, could you please help me with my paper by filling out a questionnaire? I am currently doing a project about personality traits and knowledge sharing in Wikipedia.


The survey will take about 5 min of your time.


Link:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1538439/Wikipedia-Survey-Personality


I need about 200 respondents, so your little help counts A LOT to me and I would GREATLY appreciate it!


Thank you so much in advance!


PS: If something is unclear or difficult to understand (English is not my first language), please tell me. I will fix it immediately.

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pi zero | 14 Jan 14:44 2014

CheckUser nomination

Tom Morris has nominated himself for use of the CheckUser tools.  (Actually, he did so in mid-to-late December, but then we all got discombobulated by the year-end holidays!)  The nomination/discussion/vote is here.
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Laura Hale | 2 Dec 21:05 2013

The Wikinewsie Group News Edition 6, December 2, 2013


This is just a notification that the latest edition of The Wikinewsie Group News newsletter can be found at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikinewsie_Group/Newsletter/6 .


The Wikinewsie Group News Edition 6, December 2, 2013

If you know anyone interested in Wikinews, journalism on Wikimedia projects or The Wikinewsie Group, please encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter by adding their name to the list.

The Group
  • Aff-comm recommended to the Wikimedia Foundation Board that The Wikinewsie Group be recognised as a thematic organization in early November.[1]
  • Wikinews Education Program blog post was published on Wikimedia's official blog.
  • Discussions were had on IRC and Skype about the possibility of installing the education extension on Ukrainian, Czech and Korean Wikinews. While these could be used to potentially re-invigorate the local communities and provide a cohort of new contributors, the limited contributor base at the moment makes it difficult to implement. Greater partnerships would need to be done with chapters to provide people to assist local projects in running any education initiative.
  • What is news? handout was created to supplement existing training materials as this is an area where new contributors sometimes have issues on English Wikinews.
  • Documenting your original sport reporting was created to supplement Wikinews Original Sport Reporting. Assistance is requested in translating these documents into Spanish and Ukrainian.
  • LauraHale attended Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2013 in Slovakia representing The Wikinewsie Group. She had conversations with people from several chapters about the potential to do things with TWG including the Polish, Estonian, Serbian, Czech and Ukrainian chapters.
Original reporting projects
  • The paperwork was submitted at the end of the month to send five Wikinews reporters to the Sochi Paralympic Games.
  • Attempts were made to secure media accreditation for the Commonwealth Games. The application was unsuccessful.

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Laura Hale | 12 Nov 08:56 2013

The Wikinewsie Group recognition


Aff-comm has passed a resolution asking the WMF board to recognise The Wikinewsie Group.  It can be found at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/The_Wikinewsie_Group .  This is a major milestone for the group.  Thank you so much to everyone in the community who assisted in making this possible. :) 

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Laura Hale | 8 Nov 13:22 2013

The Wikinewsie Group News - Edition 5, November 8, 2013


The Wikinewsie Group News  Edition 5, November 8, 2013  Project news

   - The Wikinewsie Group/Local Wikinews
the start of a guide that explains local Wikinews project policies
   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
a blog entry by
   Okino <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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
   - 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.[2]<https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Water_cooler#New_Search_Coming_-_Please_Help_Shape_It>

 Training materials
A video for new reporters who lost their first article on English Wikinews

   - A one page
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
   and Wikinews Photo Essay
   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<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: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
an article by Terry Hart of the copyright alliance on the issue of
   funding important investigative journalism.


   - Provisional Chairperson
LauraHale<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>is made a
presentation at the EduWiki
   Conference 2013<https://wiki.wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/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
successfully on English Wikinews, a portal was started at WN:EDU
   [4] <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/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<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sage_Ross_%28WMF%29>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<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_Swimmers_at_the_2013_IPC_World_Championships.pdf>
   - Paralympic work being done with the US Olympic Committee is

 Original reporting - summary

Between May 1 and October 31, when The Wikinewsie Group
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.

  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

LauraHale <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>,
Antanana <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Antanana>,
Dmitry Rozhkov <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dmitry_Rozhkov>,
Krassotkin <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Krassotkin>, Schekinov
Alexey Victorovich<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Schekinov_Alexey_Victorovich>,
and MadriCR <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:MadriCR> have each
produced 5 or more pieces of original reporting in the past four months.
Another group of users,
Bddpaux <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Bddpaux>,
Laslovarga <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Laslovarga>,
Yakudza <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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
Wikinews interviews Dr Thomas Scotto and Dr Steve Hewitt about potential US
military intervention in
Atlético de Madrid defeats Real Madrid 1-0 in 2013
gana la sede de los Juegos Olímpicos
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 Ukrainian  *See also: Авторський репортаж
The wiki uses nothing for the publish process.*

   - Легенди «Титаніка» в
   OlgaKolomoets <https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:OlgaKolomoets>)
   - «Сокіл» Бортнянського в Дитячій академії
   A1 <https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:A1>) 2013-10-15

 Spanish  *See also: Wikinoticias:Reportajes originales sin notas
Artículos publicados
<https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:Art%C3%ADculos_publicados>. The
wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Deportivo Cali venció a La Equidad y se clasificó anticipadamente a
   los cuadrangulares
   Remux <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Remux>) 2013-10-27
   - Presidenta de Costa Rica queda "atrapada" en aeropuerto panameño por
   falla de Copa
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-20
   - Senado de Estados Unidos aprueba proyecto para reabrir el gobierno
   federal y elevar techo de la
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-17
   - Terremoto de 7,1 grados sacude Filipinas y deja cuantiosos daños
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-15
   - Hackean el sitio de Google Costa
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-14
   - Un inusual sismo de 4,5 se registra en la costa este de Estados
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-08
   - Candidato presidencial de Costa Rica regresa a la campaña política dos
   días después de haber presentado su
   MadriCR <https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:MadriCR>) 2013-10-05

 Russian  *See also: Оригинальные репортажи
The wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Судьбу Ярославского музея-заповедника обсудили на Круглом
   PereslavlFoto <https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:PereslavlFoto>)
   - В проектах Викимедиа новый механизм
   Arbnos <https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Arbnos>) 2013-10-23
   - Сборная Боснии и Герцеговины впервые в истории
вышла в финальную часть
   чемпионатов мира по
   Brateevsky <https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Brateevsky>) 2013-10-17

 French  *See also: Reportage original
<https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:Reportage_original>, Article
publié <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:Article_publi%C3%A9>. The
wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Arménie : la seconde wikiconférence organisée à Erevan se termine
   Agamitsudo <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Agamitsudo>) 2013-10-06
   - Championnat de France de rugby 2008-2009 : les résultats de la
   première journée<https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Championnat_de_France_de_rugby_2008-2009_:_les_r%C3%A9sultats_de_la_premi%C3%A8re_journ%C3%A9e>(created
   Grondin <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Grondin>) 2012-12-14
   - Championnat de France de rugby 2008-2009 : Perpignan remporte le
   bouclier de Brennus<https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Championnat_de_France_de_rugby_2008-2009_:_Perpignan_remporte_le_bouclier_de_Brennus>(created
   Grondin <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Grondin>) 2012-12-14
   - Championnat de France de rugby 2007-2008 : Toulouse remporte son
   Grondin <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Grondin>) 2012-12-14

 Serbian  *See also: Изворни извештај
The wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Позив за нове доприносиоце на техничким пројектима
   Laslovarga <https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Laslovarga>) 2013-10-24
   - ВикиПутовање има нови
   Laslovarga <https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Laslovarga>) 2013-10-20
   - Википедијин Едукативни програм се шири арапским
   Laslovarga <https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Laslovarga>) 2013-10-20

 Chinese  *See also: 原创报导
已发布 <https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:%E5%B7%B2%E5%8F%91%E5%B8%83>.
The wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - 维基媒体项目用户个人信息可能泄漏<https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:%E7%BB%B4%E5%9F%BA%E5%AA%92%E4%BD%93%E9%A1%B9%E7%9B%AE%E7%94%A8%E6%88%B7%E4%B8%AA%E4%BA%BA%E4%BF%A1%E6%81%AF%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E6%B3%84%E6%BC%8F>(created
   Aoke1989 <https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Aoke1989>) 2013-10-05

 Polish  *See also: Materiały autorskie
<https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:Materia%C5%82y_autorskie>. The
wiki uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Otwarcie Nowych Ogrodów w Dobrzycy koło Koszalina - 27 września 2013
   Hortulus <https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Hortulus>) 2013-10-29
   - Prelekcja w Związku Esperantystów na temat Światowego Kongresu
   Esperanto w Reykjavíku<https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Prelekcja_w_Zwi%C4%85zku_Esperantyst%C3%B3w_na_temat_%C5%9Awiatowego_Kongresu_Esperanto_w_Reykjav%C3%ADku>(created
by Marek
   Mazurkiewicz <https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Marek_Mazurkiewicz>)
   - Prelekcja w Związku Esperantystów na temat
by Marek
   Mazurkiewicz <https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Marek_Mazurkiewicz>)
   - Międzynarodowe Targi Kolejowe TRAKO 2013 w
   Travelarz <https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Travelarz>) 2013-10-01

 English  *See also: Original reporting
<https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Category:Original_reporting>, Published
<https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Category:Published>. The wiki uses flagged
revisions for the publish process.*

   - Slow start to winter 2013/2014 flu season in
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-27
   - Controversy brews surrounding small Texas
   Bddpaux <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Bddpaux>) 2013-10-21
   - Wikinews interviews Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party nominee for
   Governor of Virginia<https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Robert_Sarvis,_Libertarian_Party_nominee_for_Governor_of_Virginia>(created
by William
   S. Saturn <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:William_S._Saturn>)
   - Wikinews interviews meteorological experts on Cyclone
   Computron <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Computron>) 2013-10-14
   - 2013 Autumn Old and Antique Bookfair continues in
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-11
   - Australia has mixed OECD rankings for literacy and numeracy amongst
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-11
   - Spain sits near the bottom of OECD rankings on adult literacy and
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-10
   - Japanese adults rank high in literacy and numeracy in OECD
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-09
   - Wikinews interviews President of the International Brotherhood of
   Bddpaux <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Bddpaux>) 2013-10-09
   - CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government
   LauraHale <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:LauraHale>) 2013-10-08
   - Wikinews interviews specialists on South Korea military
   Computron <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Computron>) 2013-10-06
   - Port Kembla, New South Wales residents keep faith in their
   Lbuow <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Lbuow>) (Not yet published)
   - Lousiana State University's coach Les Miles laments his team's recent
   loss to Ole Miss<https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Lousiana_State_University%27s_coach_Les_Miles_laments_his_team%27s_recent_loss_to_Ole_Miss>(created
   Bddpaux <https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Bddpaux>) (Not yet published)

 German  *See also: Wikinews:Originalbericht
<https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:Category:Ver%C3%B6ffentlicht>. The wiki
uses a category for the publish process.*

   - Münchner Trachtenlauf
   Usien <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Usien>) 2013-10-13
   - Oliver Sebrantke zum dritten Mal Sieger beim Marathon in
   House1630 <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:House1630>) 2013-10-07
   - Heidi K. zu fünfeinhalb Jahren verurteilt – Innenansichten einer
   Itu <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:Itu>) 2013-10-05
   - Der Winter kommt: Deutschlands Städte bieten mehr Hilfe für
   House1630 <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/n:User:House1630>) 2013-10-0


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Brian McNeil | 21 Oct 02:37 2013

Re: WordPress themes

On Mon, 2013-10-21 at 10:28 +1100, David Blackall wrote:

> Thanks Brian, good idea/s. I am a baby boomer so am not much good on
> technical stuff but to make the wikinews front look and work like a
> prestigious newspaper, more interactive with page turning, might be the
> go (The Economist, New York Times, The Guardian).

I've put a preliminary site up at http://edu.wikinewsie.org

However, I've not touched a fraction of the options available in the
theme I've put on there. All I've focused on for the moment is security
and responsiveness.

>  Create the sense or emotion that wikinews is as good (which it is by
> the rigour applied to reviewing) simply by a thematic look and an
> interactive flow. I am now hammering the Glen Greenwald story with my
> students, he is one of the many bloggers who have made good and then he
> gets employed by The Guardian, which says it all about how blogging can
> be as rigorous as journalism, blogging in most cases is journalism, as
> is especially the case for wikinews.

I'd disagree with that; it's more the case that 5% (or less) of blogs
are actually journalism. With the entry-barrier to publishing being
all-but-eliminated, there is a very long tail of 'blogs of dubious
provenance'. Don't mistake the mainstream adopting the format for
blogging as a form of journalism being widespread.

I've still a fair bit of trial-and-error to getting edu.wikinewsie.org
set up as I'd like. I may-well ditch the current theme (Customizr);
there are, after all, over 2,000 to choose from[1]. Those can be further
enhanced with plugins[2], which is where students who want to use a
blogging platform are going to need to acquire some technical skills.

[1] http://wordpress.org/themes/
[2] http://wordpress.org/plugins/ 

It should be possible, once I've a few more quirks and kinks ironed out,
to offer individual blogs to students. Beyond that, my gut feel is we'd
need to have mechanisms to import articles from Wikinews to blogs in
near-realtime. Beyond that, I don't know; plus, it's late here.

Brian McNeil.

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