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Tempodivalse [talk] 14:27, 28 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

Scotland Yard protest edit

Hi, I've just looked at your Scotland Yard article. Unfortunately it's too old to run as news, unless you can update it with more facts from the past 2-3 days...it's too bad, it's a good article. Thanks. --Killing Vector (talk) 21:52, 28 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

If you only obtained the information yesterday that's fine. But, we'd prefer it if your original research notes were more complete.
Any original research that you can publicly put online safely should go on the article's collaboration page. Anything you'd prefer was shared only among Wikinews reporters can be e-mailed to scoop@wikinewsie.org. Anything that you only want to share with a few trusted Wikinews accredited reporters can go to whichever ones you know best; I'm on edmund.schluessel@wikinewsie.org.
You don't have to break anyone's confidence but we have to find a way to balance anonymity with verifiability of sources...you've taken on quite an article for your first story. Once you've got a few under your belt you can apply for accreditation.
One final note, Wiki markup means you don't have to include HTML tags. Check out W:Wikipedia:How to edit a page for instructions on basic markup. --Killing Vector (talk) 10:53, 29 May 2009 (UTC)Reply
I've done some cleanup & editing on the article but there are three points I'd like to raise. One is that your photo Image:UPLOAD_UCAPV_RALLY_NSY.jpg has conflicting permissions. In one place you list it as CC-BY-SA-3.0, our preferred license, but in the permissions box you have them as CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0. Non-commercial and non-distribute Creative Commons work can't be used by Wikinews, so if you'd like the photo to go into the article you'll have to drop that license. Secondly, your paragraph beginning "As the speeches ended, activists set up a sound system...", I'm not sure where you're going with that. Were police supposed to have closed that road in the agreement the march made with the police? Finally, this is a well-written article overall. I do have to ask, just to be sure, whether you were taking part in the march or just observing; Wikinews's code of ethics says that you can't both take part in and report on a protest event. Thanks. --Killing Vector (talk) 11:20, 29 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

Temp Accreditation edit

I have passed your accreditation request for tomorrow-look forward to seeing the finished piece! As I said at AR, please request permanent accreditation after. Good luck!   Tris   19:37, 9 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Tristan, all went well on the action. Have finished article and tagged for review, photos to be added tommorrow. Was a bit boring compared to prev. years where they've got into the building or the roof and unfurled huge banners etc. The older hippies were a little more sedate this time. :) --Juleshs31 (talk) 20:59, 11 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

Username change edit

Hi! Just in case you didn't notice, I have one question i need you to answer before I can rename your account, see this. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 15:19, 12 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

A trophy for you! edit

Thanks for all you help on Thursday! Cocoaguy (talk) 05:11, 31 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

I, Cocoaguy, hereby award JulesMattsson the Wikinews Trophy for the help he gave me on Time Square bomb scare.
Aw shucks, thanks. Thanks for the OR and photos at the scene :p --JulesMattsson (talk) 12:43, 31 December 2009 (UTC)Reply

Accreditation Request edit

OK, all closed up now-sorry about the delay!! You'll need to ask Brian for the @wikinewsie.org email address which I imagine would be useful and access to the closed wiki as well. If you want the press pass to go on your userpage just give me a shout and I'll find it. Hope it's useful!   Tris   22:54, 3 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Tristan, okay i'll drop a note on request wikinewsie account page, would you be able to send me the accredited reporter box thingy? I'm not entirely sure where it is, thanks. Also, do I need to add myself to the accredited list or do you or somebody else do that? As you can tell, my background is in journalism and not wikis :p Thanks, --JulesMattsson (talk) 23:14, 3 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Just to note, i've created an account at the wikinewsie wiki for you. Check your email for the random password. Tempodivalse [talk] 23:58, 3 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Shiny, thanks. --JulesMattsson (talk) 23:59, 3 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Haven't received it yet, but that may just be a delay on my end. Just to confirm; was it sent to julesmattsson+wn[at]googlemail/gmail[dot]com? --JulesMattsson (talk) 00:06, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Okay, scratch that. Have had an email from BrianMC. Thanks --JulesMattsson (talk) 00:41, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
I'm pretty sure I entered that email (and double-checked), but maybe I made a mistake? Did you manage to get in? Tempodivalse [talk] 01:01, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
No, but i've had an email from BrianMC confirming the email adress, I think he seems to be doing it. --JulesMattsson (talk) 01:16, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
  • OK, here's the code for the box-just copy and paste it, with the correct details added in. I'll add you to the list of accredited reporters.

{| valign="top" class="toccolours" style="width: 450px; float: right; border: 1px solid #aaf; clear: right; margin: 0.5em;" |- |width="160px"|[[Image:Accredited reporter.svg|left|150px]] | '''Reporter: ''' Name<br/> '''Location:''' Location<br/> '''Email: ''' <br>    [[Special:Emailuser/JulesMattson|Email via Wikinews]]    [mailto:email address if wanted|email address]<br/> '''Tel/Voicemail: ''' Telephone number<br/> </div> |- |colspan="2" align="center"| ---- <small>'''Disclaimer''': "''[[WN:CV|Accredited Wikinews reporters]] do not represent the [[w:Wikimedia Foundation|Wikimedia Foundation]], but are trusted contributors whom the Wikinews community has certified for the purposes of gathering information related to Wikinews articles.''" </small></div>[[Category:Accredited reporter|{{PAGENAME}}]] |} If you have trouble with the code/putting it on your user page, give me a shout. You don't have to fill in all the details if you don't want to.   Tris   11:26, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Okay, thanks, I'll try and work out the code :p --JulesMattsson (talk) 11:28, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
  • Hi Jules, slight problem with the wikinewsie account. Check the requests page for an explanation of the dilemma. Basically, i can't access your account so it's impossible for me to change the specified email address. Tempodivalse [talk] 15:30, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
I've come up with a workaround for the problem, check the requests page for my suggestion and tell me what you think. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 17:49, 4 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

TUSC token 5a5a30b847e6f738cc6e9cdb3774de45 edit

I am now proud owner of a TUSC account!

Ta edit

Review --Irate (talk) 21:01, 10 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Accred User ID edit

Wikinews:Credential_verification#Mattsson.2C_Jules_.28Wikinews_user_JulesMattsson.29 is lacking a user id. Go hit up Special:Preferences and tell me what your user id is. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 04:12, 28 February 2010 (UTC)Reply

Hi, sorry for the late reply. I'm currently kneck deep in exams. Well my user ID is 128833. But has something happened to my accreditation on this account? Am I not supposed to be a 'member' of the accredited reporters user group, but according to prefs. I am only in "Member of groups: Autoconfirmed users, Users" --JulesMattsson (talk) 09:46, 8 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

Deletion edit

Removed content from my profile page.

Wikinews Writing contest 2013 is here. :) Please sign up to participate? edit

We've created the Wikinews:Writing contest 2013, which will start on April 1 and end on June 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 contest. It would be a really great time for you, as an inactive Wikinews accredited reporter, to renew your credentials by doing some original reporting or conducting interviews. People should be around to interview to prevent a backlog, and several reviewers have access to scoop to make it easier to review any original reporting you do. If you are interested in signing up, please do so on Wikinews:Writing contest 2013/entrants. There is at least one prize on offer for the winner along with the opportunity to earn some barn stars as a way of thanking you for your participation. :D --LauraHale (talk) 10:25, 25 March 2013 (UTC)Reply