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    [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.

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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) 09:12, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Getty imagesEdit

From the Getty Images EULA: Royalty-free does not mean there is no cost for the license. Instead, royalty-free means that the license fee is paid once and there is no need to pay additional royalties if the content is re-used. Wikinews can neither use nor host images from Getty. --SVTCobra 08:38, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

Linking to your en.wp user pageEdit

If you want that {{w}} template call on your user page to link to your en.wp user page, add a parameter foreign=force, so it reads

{{w|User:Seemplez|foreign=force|Take notice here.}}

--Pi zero (talk) 13:11, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Missing Cleveland girl turns 18 todayEdit

The answer to your question, why it hadn't already been deleted. Iirc there was a page with some similar name, but with some difference or other; I forget just what. This one, I had marked as {{notnews}}, and then when it had been around more than four days (several days more, when I got to it) I marked it as {{abandoned}}; that's how most unsuccessful articles get cleared. Any time from 48 hours after tagging it abandoned, supposing it was properly tagged and nothing else happens in the meantime, I could delete it; I hadn't quite gotten to that, so it was a day or more overdue to be deleted. I'd recommend, when you're tagging a page like this for deletion, that you leave in place the {{abandoned}} tag, as removing the tag removes it from the queue. In this case, I just zapped it. --Pi zero (talk) 13:59, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. Seemplez 09:06, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Brexit: History made as Britain prepares to leave the EUEdit

Hi. Thank you for creating this article. I noticed the article had some critical issues. You can find the issues here. Please address all issues, ask questions if you run into an issue you can't solve, and then submit the article.
•–• 10:14, 31 January 2020 (UTC)

Hi SeemplezEdit

Thank you for looking after other articles, and correcting the text. Perhaps you would be interested in automatically receiving notifications of new draft creations, here? Regards, --Gryllida (talk) 20:59, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

I'll sign up! Seemplez 07:26, 6 June 2020 (UTC)
Hi Seemplez,
Thanks for signing up! I've set up the list page (email), as well as the list page (wiki). Normally these pages list the topics you are interested in; as they are 'any', there is only one category name: 'Developing'. The script will see it and send you a notification shortly.
Your first e-mail will be a list of what's currently under development in the topics of your interest. The future e-mail messages will only contain newly created submissions.
To unsubscribe, request deletion of these list pages, and notifications will stop.
In new drafts the most common things to look out for are:
  • freshness that they are about an event that happened within the last 2-3 days (ref)
  • grammar
  • the first paragraph answering the 5W and an H
Please let me know if there are any issues with this message delivery. It is designed to encourage the recipient's involvement in helping newcomers, but simply testing the message delivery and reporting bugs would be greatly appreciated!
Regards, Gryllida (talk) 09:44, 6 June 2020 (UTC)

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford thanks UK PM Boris Johnson for 'U-turn' on free school meals policyEdit

Hi. This needs some bits of work; see my review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 13:06, 17 June 2020 (UTC)