Welcome to Wikinews
Getting started as a 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 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.
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!
Your requests edit
Hi. Your article, like all others, will go through a in-depth peer review, so you don't need to request a spellcheck separately. There are a few things I see you can fix before review: 1. This is Mexico's northern border, not southern. 2. Headlines don't end in a period. 3. One must follow WN:FUTURE when writing about planned events. 4. The New York Times is paywalled and so WN:PAYWALL disallows it. Heavy Water (talk) 13:14, 12 May 2023 (UTC)
- Heavy, re: #1 ... the CBS source talks about the border between Guatemala and Mexico, but none of the sources have the same focus as the written article. SVTCobra 13:49, 12 May 2023 (UTC)
- Oh. I guess that threw me off into thinking it was being done in conjunction with the US. Heavy Water (talk) 18:11, 12 May 2023 (UTC)