Welcome to Wikinews!


Getting a head start as a Wikinews contributor

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 a short 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 want to look into the key policies for the project and other discussions you can participate in, so keep this message on your collaboration page and refer to the other links in it if you have problems or want to learn more.





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.

Where you can help and get involved





DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 02:34, 25 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Sup. Jolly Ω Janner 02:44, 25 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Please don't add links to Wikinews articles on Wikipedia until they have been published. Quite frankly, it makes Wikinews look bad. Otherwise, keep up the good work. --SVTCobra 02:06, 27 January 2009 (UTC)Reply

Europeans take to the polls


What do you think of it now? I've tried to improve it a bit. I'm gonna go to bed now, but I am hopeful that it will be on the Main Page today (Sunday) and possibly there will be a seperate article tomorrow on the results. Jolly Ω Janner 02:53, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Reply

It needs more sources that are news. and more emphasis on news; the majority of any news article should be developments from the past 2-3 days, with each of those developments backed up by a source, and every article (with the occasional exception of articles that are completely original research) should have at least two sources. Also make use of the {{source}} template for sources for articles. --Killing Vector (talk) 10:20, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Reply



Someone meant to direct you to the content guide with WN:CONTENT. This is a mistake about the shortcut which is WN:CG, but CONTENT is kinda appropriate too so I've created it. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:02, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Reply