Welcome to Wikinews

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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) 00:02, 4 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The thanks button edit

Please stop spamming people with thanks notifications, (edit conflict) i.e., "Consider selecting one edit only to thank [an] editor for their entire contribution." Heavy Water (talk) 22:25, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Umm, im just a gentle man... Sorry didn't know it notified so frequently, Apologies. HushPuppie280 (talk) 22:27, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Understandable thank you, Heavy Water. HushPuppie280 (talk) 22:29, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see how the "thanks" button works, now.
Thank you for the help I know your busy so thanks again! Talk to you. HushPuppie280 (talk) 22:32, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello! edit

Glad you've created an i.d. here. Please be patient and persistent. It takes a bit to understand the flow of things here.--Bddpaux (talk) 23:13, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Firstly, Much Appreciated. Second I will try my very best! Thank you 😊 HushPuppie280 (talk) 23:22, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Israeli article edit

I need some help finding this in a source article (or something pretty close to it): "Some Paletinins were supossedly "terror orientation" according to Israeli forces, but Jihad and others have denied."--Bddpaux (talk) 21:42, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cited in this source towards middle of story. Let me know if you need more help! HushPuppie280 (talk) 21:45, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think the user IronMaiden added that in, sorry. HushPuppie280 (talk) 21:48, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Breaking edit

Just because something isn't 'Breaking news' doesn't mean it doesn't have merit here. At times, events are only breaking for 4-6 hours. This is a matter of personal preference (to a degree), but nearly all newsworthy events will have articles popping off for several days. You can use those. Just keep your focus on the discrete new event itself.--Bddpaux (talk) 16:50, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Okay. HushPuppie280 (talk) 18:56, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

{{Under review}} edit

As the template says, please don't edit an article when it's present. Heavy Water (talk) 23:39, 1 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You should really change that rule, but ok. HushPuppie280 (talk) 23:46, 1 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The goal is to prevent edit conflicts during editing. It can be pretty frustrating for a reviewer or any editor in general to have their edits conflict during this. It aids in collaboration, so adding comments to the talk/collab page instead during the review helps the reviewer expedite an already slow process. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 22:06, 2 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok. HushPuppie280 (talk) 18:21, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]