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How to write an article
  1. Pick something current?
  2. Use two independent sources?
  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, Onewhohelps! 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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  Used to contributing to Wikipedia? See here.
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!

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.

-- 10:24, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi! There was a pretty big snag in reviewing this article; my review comments are here. --Pi zero (talk) 21:25, 23 September 2011 (UTC)Reply

Delhi earns UN carbon credits edit

Take a look at the edits (including the edit summaries) I made, here, and also the suggestions I made in my reviewer comments. (I messed up using the review gadget, by forgetting to check the boxes for the five review criteria — so the review comments I meant to be part of my passing review are instead part of a "failing" review from just before publication.) --Pi zero (talk) 21:39, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply

I don't understand what you mean. Please may you clarify? -Onewhohelps (talk) 21:51, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply
The article was published. In passing it, I accidentally pushed the wrong button, with the result that the talk page has an illusory "failing" review on it before the passing review. It wasn't actually failed, in any meaningful way — it passed. Since it may be confusing, I'll tweak it on the article talk page.
Am I misunderstanding what wanted clarifying? --Pi zero (talk) 22:08, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply
Sorry, it was my fault. I am using my smart phone so as soon as I saw failed I jumped to conclusions instead of scrolling down. --Onewhohelps (talk) 22:22, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply
Sometimes I'm just too low key. Here's what I should have said at the very start of my first comment in this thread:
Congratulations! Your article has been published, and is now featured on the main page and piped out to Google News!
--Pi zero (talk) 22:32, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply

Did you want this saved? I can move it to your user space for you. If not, I'll deleted it as abandoned, which is what happens to most articles that don't get published. It can't stay in mainspace indefinitely. --Pi zero (talk) 18:21, 19 October 2011 (UTC)Reply

Yes, please. :D --Onewhohelps (talk) 18:24, 19 October 2011 (UTC)Reply
  Done --Pi zero (talk) 18:52, 19 October 2011 (UTC)Reply

Hi edit

Hi! Sorry for logging out in IRC just now, I was kinda busy =). Oh well, maybe next time huh?--Hallows AG (talk) 12:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)Reply