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Getting started as a contributor
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  1. Pick something current?
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  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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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.

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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) 21:54, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Archive policyEdit

Articles cannot be substantively altered more than 24 hours after publication. --Pi zero (talk) 01:05, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

North American Leaders' Summit 2016: leaders affirm strong relationsEdit

Published. Congrats. First articles tend to be a difficult process, with everything to be learned all at once. See my review comments and detailed history of edits during review. --Pi zero (talk) 20:16, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

Phew, thanks!
Sorry for all the trouble: I hope to write not only more but better articles for Wikinews.
Thanks again,

Keithman3 (talk) 20:45, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

FBI interviews Hillary Clinton over emails: Clinton's indictment 'unlikely'Edit

Hi. Review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 02:42, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel dies aged 87Edit

I am sorry I haven't gotten to this article yet. I'm doing some preliminary edits on it now, even though I'm pretty sure I'm too tired to manage a full review tonight. --Pi zero (talk) 02:34, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

That's fine. Take your time.
Keithman3 (talk) 11:57, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
I really wish I'd been able to get to it sooner. It can be really awkward trying to review an article that's on the last ticks of the freshness clock, because the option of sending it back for revision doesn't really exist: sending it back is likely to result in staleness, so one has to either find a way to make it work or admit that it won't. At any rate, note the review comments and edits during review. And thanks for writing it. --Pi zero (talk) 21:12, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
I really enjoyed this article. --Bddpaux (talk) 22:33, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
I really appreciate it! Thank you so much for reading it. Keithman3 (talk) 00:15, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Final panel added to China's FAST radio telescopeEdit

Published. See edits during review. --Pi zero (talk) 22:28, 6 July 2016 (UTC)


Thanks for chipping in to help with overhead tasks. One note: a run-of-the-mill poor article doesn't qualify for speedy deletion. Most articles that are merely badly done sit around for four days, get tagged abandoned (as you did to one; appreciated), then at-least-two days later get cleared out. Speedy deletion needs a standout failure — advertising, vandalism, patent nonsense, obvious hoax, encyclopedic rather than news. The usual list of suspects is at MediaWiki:Deletereason-dropdown. --Pi zero (talk) 23:55, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

No problem! Just trying to help Wikinews and reviewers like you who should be looking at articles actually worth looking at than articles by vandals. I'll read the WN:CD in order to properly assess articles in the future. Keithman3 (talk) 00:17, 10 July 2016 (UTC)