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Getting started as a contributor
How to write an article
  1. Pick something current?
  2. Use two independent sources?
  3. Read your sources before writing the story in your own words?. Do choose a unique title? before you start.
  4. Follow Wikinews' structure? for articles, answering as many of who what when where why and how? as you can; summarised in a short, two- or three-sentence opening paragraph. Once complete, your article must be three or more paragraphs.
  5. If you need help, you can add {{helpme}} to your talkpage, along with a question, or alternatively, just ask?

  • Use this tab to enter your title and get a basic article template.
    [RECOMMENDED. Starts your article through the semi-automated {{develop}}—>{{review}}—>{{publish}} collaboration process.]

 Welcome! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have an essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.
As you get more involved, you will need to look into key project policies and other discussions you can participate in; so, keep this message on this page and refer to the other links in it when you want to learn more, or have any problems.

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  Used to contributing to Wikipedia? See here.
All Wikimedia projects have rules. Here are ours.

Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

The core policies
Places to go, people to meet

Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

There are always discussions going on about how the site could be improved, and your input is of value. Check the links here to see where you can give input to the running of the Wikinews project.

Find help and get involved
Write your first article for Wikinews!

Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!

It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

-- Wikinews Welcome (talk) 22:25, 13 January 2015 (UTC)Reply



Hello! Welcome to Wikinews! I hope you would be excited to contribute here. We are a small group, and soon you will be acquainted with all of them. It was a great time there on Teahouse, here it is WN:Water cooler. (But you can ask for help to any administrator/ reviewer) Well, you might think the tildes here are by an IP, I am user:acagastya. When I started here, I faced some difficulties, my four articles were deleted. Then, I understood the stuff here. Just one thing to be very sure is the time limit. We had no issues on time on WP. But here, from developing to publishing the article should be within 2-3 days. (And one more: To link to Wikipedia, this is the code: {{w|Article name|text to display}}.) Have a great time here. Cheers. (talk) 16:34, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the welcome. How are you? --Rubbish computer (talk) 17:52, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply
I am good, and now in college. What about you, my friend? (talk) 17:57, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply
I'm in my second year at college now. Thanks for asking. --Rubbish computer (talk) 18:46, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply



...I am reading correctly: You are back after a bit of a hiatus? Great!!--Bddpaux (talk) 20:59, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Bddpaux (t · c · b), I am yes and thanks. Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 21:00, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

India article


Published!--Bddpaux (talk) 18:27, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thank you Bddpaux (t · c · b). Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 18:28, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Rather annoyingly...........


the cats article slipped past us in terms of freshness. Very sorry! Any chance you could re-focus onto something to help with freshness? (I know....easier said than done!)--Bddpaux (talk) 16:35, 3 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Bddpaux (t · c · b), not sure how to unfortunately as nothing new has come out since. Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 16:42, 3 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Well: it happens! That is why I say: don't fall in love with your articles.--Bddpaux (talk) 18:50, 3 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Source template


Can you please not change the indentation of the source template? Keep it like this. It is easier to read for the ones who have to edit after it is published.
•–• 05:14, 8 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Acagastya (t · c · b), no worries, thanks for letting me know. Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 05:47, 8 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

ArbCom elections


Hello. I’m sure you’re already aware of it but can I invite you to vote in our ARBCOM elections? If I’m not wrong, you are eligible to vote because you have made more than five hundred edits here (250 being the minimum requirement). [24Cr][talk] 15:09, 16 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Cromium (t · c · b), I'll have a look and vote today. Cheers, Rubbish computer Ping me or leave a message on my talk page 15:35, 16 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Re actor johnny depp


Suggest adding an image after first paragraph for example

[[File:Johnny Depp 2020.jpg|thumb|left|Johnny Depp in 2020{{image source|Harald Krichel}}]]
[[File:Amber Heard Cannes 2019.jpg|thumb|left|Amber Heard in 2019. {{image source|Georges Biard}}]]

--Gryllida (talk) 01:10, 3 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Walmart shooting?


I hope its not stale.. Thank you for your help!!! Slowlyman035 (talk) 19:49, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Hi Slowlyman035 (t · c · b), no worries. Rubbish computer (Ping me or leave a message on my talk page) 19:52, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Walmart shooting?


I hope its not stale.. Slowlyman035 (talk) 21:02, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Oops posted twice... Slowlyman035 (talk) 21:02, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews:Writing contest 2023


Hello. We've created Wikinews:Writing contest 2023, which will start on February 1 and end on May 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 and 2013 contests. As a reporter who has recently been inactive, it would be a great time for you to rejoin. If you are interested in signing up, please do so at Wikinews:Writing contest 2023#Entrants and create a category for the articles you submit. Heavy Water (talk) 04:23, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply