pi zero | 20 Jul 02:57 2015
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en.wn Arbcom election 2015

Voting is now open.
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pi zero | 14 Jul 13:44 2015
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Nominations for en.wn Arbcom election 2015

We're still looking for nominees.  There are six slots, and so far we only have five nominees.  Deadline for nomination is July 17, 2000 UTC.
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pi zero | 1 Jul 04:00 2015
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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
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Nominations being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections

Greetings,

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
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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
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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
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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

Hi,

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 .

Highlights:

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]
Education
  • 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.
Outreach
  • 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.

Sincerely,
Laura Hale
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Laura Hale | 12 Nov 08:56 2013

The Wikinewsie Group recognition

Hi,

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. :) 

Sincerely,
Laura Hale

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