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Interview question edit

soon I will be interviewing Noam Chomsky, can I post the interview on wikinews as original reporting?Soapy (talk) 01:14, 1 March 2009 (UTC)Reply

That is certainly a big interview. If you own the interview, then yes, you can publish it here as an original {{interview}}. If it is going to be published elsewhere under copyright protection, there will be a conflict. You must provide detailed notes of the interview, where when how, etc. Uploading an audio or video recording would be best of all. Also, since you are not an accredited Wikinewsie, perhaps you should speak with someone like Brian McNeil who is accredited and has experience with interviews of political figures. --SVTCobra 15:56, 2 March 2009 (UTC)Reply
Well I would consider myself an accredited wikinewsie lol, I have written at least dozen published articles, but yes I do own the rights to the interview and I'll speak to Brian after I do the interview about how I should go about publishing it Soapy (talk) 20:30, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Retrieved from "http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User_talk:SVTCobra"

Well, I have written hundreds, yet I do not have accreditation. --SVTCobra 20:36, 2 March 2009 (UTC)Reply

Noam Chomsky interview edit

I've sent the interview back to Developing because it needs some copyediting for readability. Good job getting this, though, and good work. --Killing Vector (talk) 10:20, 28 March 2009 (UTC)Reply

According to User:Brianmc, we can't use the YouTube link directly; do you have the original video material? If so you can upload that to Commons and we can embed it in the article from there. --Killing Vector (talk) 18:41, 28 March 2009 (UTC)Reply
Well the video I would upload would be the same thing as if I had just downloaded it from youtube and uploaded it, but I guess I'll try and figure out how to do it unless you are willing toSoapy (talk) 03:30, 30 March 2009 (UTC)Reply
When you upload to YouTube it re-encodes and you get a lower quality; plus we can't use YouTube on its own due to its license. Tell you what, if you upload the original to www.yousendit.com and e-mail the download link it gives you to scoop@wikinewsie.org we'll sort it out for you. --Killing Vector (talk) 10:09, 30 March 2009 (UTC)Reply

I'm going to do the transcoding and uploading. Soapy, contact me by e-mail on edmund.schluessel@wikinewsie.org so we can OTRS your permission to use the video? --Killing Vector (talk) 19:30, 3 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Don't know if you saw this:

Mr. Chomsky shows deeper insight into societal functioning than is commonly found amongst functionaries of government, members of academia or participants in the profession of journalism. It is sad that such light cannot shine strong enough into the darkness we are cloaked in by the all pervasive machinery of common journalism that enables the brainwashing by 'the system'. It is journalism Like Michael Dranove's that rates with the efforts of Bill Moyers on Public Television; I applaude wikinews for helping expand the counterforce to the Orwellian nightmare I find myself living in. -Bertvanwijck (talk) 11:14, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Congratulations. :) --Killing Vector (talk) 18:10, 5 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Barnstar! edit

I, Tempodivalse, hereby award Soapy the Original Reporter's barnstar for his excellent interview with Noam Chomsky. Great job! tempodivalse 19:53, 7 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Here's a barnstar for your work.   tempodivalse 19:53, 7 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

Sign Your Posts, Please edit

Hi, Soapy! First of all, thank you for your contributions. I would like to ask you to sign your posts (even if you are an IP user) using ~~~~. This will produce a signature, which can be changed in your preferences. Wikinews uses this to identify users without having to look in the page history, and add a template saying who really posted it. Thanks again, and remember to sign your posts! ShakataGaNai ^_^ 18:29, 9 September 2009 (UTC)Reply

Review / Signature edit

Two Items. #1 - Unfortunately you cannot review & publish articles such as this until you have "Editor" permission. #2 - Your signature is for a username not your own. Please fix it in your "My Preferences" --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 17:05, 2 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Actually, the sig is fine, Shaka - the user just made a typo in the username field of the template. The bit where he left four tildes worked our properly. As for editor status, it's meant to be easy come, easy go so why not apply at WN:FRRFP? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 17:22, 2 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Editor status granted edit

I have promoted you to the Wikinews:Editor class, as I feel you can be trusted to mark revisions of articles as sighted (review). Please take a moment to read:

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask for help on my talk page, and thank you for contributing to Wikinews!

Tempodivalse [talk] 17:51, 4 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Headlines edit

Please remember the style guide specifies downstyle for article titles. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:13, 17 November 2009 (UTC)Reply

Gotcha, how do I edit titles though? Soapy (talk) 19:43, 17 November 2009 (UTC)Reply
Titles are changed by selecting the "Rename" button from the drop-down menu bar at the top of the page, then typing in a new title and pressing "move page". Tempodivalse [talk] 19:46, 17 November 2009 (UTC)Reply

Title POV issue edit

Please see Talk:Red Cross attacks Gaza blockade - Amgine | t 19:54, 14 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

privs edit

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--Pi zero (talk) 22:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)Reply