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 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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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.

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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) 02:29, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Forced eviction articleEdit

I fear it took me too long to get back to the article today, and now I've only got about three hours left before it slips past the outer edige of its review window (per WN:Freshness). I'm going to do what I can, though; just thought I'd warn you, this article may turn out to be a learning experience but not get published, which does happen, not infrequently, with a new contributor's first try at an article for en.wn, as there's a lot to learn. We'd all much rather it works out, though. --Pi zero (talk) 21:04, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

Your kind efforts are appreciated. Thanks Nannadeem (talk) 21:22, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
An ambiguous sort of result: it didn't pass, and it's lost freshness, but there seem to be new developments that might offer a way to refocus. I had a good deal to say in my review comments, which I hope may be useful. --Pi zero (talk) 23:11, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi Nannadeem.

I am very sorry that this is not fresh anymore. :-(

Please see the review comments.

Hope new developments occur and a refocus is possible, and/or this feedback is helpful for writing your next story.

--Gryllida (chat) 04:47, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Ok. Please place it into the deletion dustbin. Nannadeem (talk) 09:33, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Pakistan Supreme Court acquits Asia Bibi from blasphemy charges after eight years of solitary confinementEdit

Hi. We didn't miss the story. However, there was a significant problem with the article; there were various passages much too close to the source text for our standards (which are quite stiff, due to both journalistic ethics and aggressive news-site legal actions). There are some suggestions on this at WN:PILLARS#own, and discussion at WN:Plagiarism.

It can be quite difficult to get distance-from-source problems out of an article once they get in, and we had (due to unfortunate review delays) little time left, so the problem was resolved by another Wikinewsie rewriting the article. --Pi zero (talk) 01:58, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

@Pi zero Ok, no problem,please Nannadeem (talk) 18:38, 4 November 2018 (UTC)