Wikinews:Accreditation requests

To file a request for credentials or for revocation, please read over the Accreditation policy first. You can also view the accredited users list.

If you would like to receive official Wikinews credentials, please type your username after the slash in the box below, click "request", then follow the instructions. After you have posted, the user's entry will solicit Support/Object votes from Wikinews users for the duration of 7 days for accreditation and 14 for revocation. At the expiration of this time period the user will either be granted accreditation, or the vote removed from this page and archived. In the case of revocation a case may be closed early, but no earlier than 7 days, when there is overwhelming consensus.

Upon successful accreditation

Once accredited, you can get a personal email address on WN-Reporters. Please contact acagastya, Gryllida or Pi zero about this, your email address will be made up based on the details given when applying — if you have a middle name and you feel having this in the address (or its initial) is important, please say so. (Historically, Brian McNeil was in-charge of handing out the email id for new accredited reporters.) You must either provide an existing email address for the password to be sent to, or have enabled email from your en.wikinews account and specify this as the preferred contact method. For further information, contact an active, established, already-accredited user. Requests for an email address must be verifiable — either submit via 'email this user', or signed, and on Brian McNeil's talk page.

In addition to a email address, accredited reporters may — at their own expense — obtain a stock of business cards clearly indicating they are an accredited reporter. You can see a sample here. (Note, degraded to a quality that prevents use.)

Current requestsEdit

LFaraone (talk)Edit

Name: Luke Faraone
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Areas of interest: Tech policy, US federal/state/local technology practices, health care
Reason: Principally, making freedom of information requests to US agencies
Accomplishments: English Wikipedia administrator, former enwiki ArbCom, former enwiki CheckUser and Oversight
Contact information: wikipedia @ luke ● wf
User ID: 198529
Applied on: 02:41, 23 February 2021 (UTC)


  • Accreditation is a mutually beneficial arrangement, in which Wikinews vouches for the reporter's ethical behavior, and the reporter contributes —ethnically— to Wikinews. The question of ethical behavior is only partly separable from that of contribution to Wikinews, because a user's accumulated reputation on Wikinews is central to our assessment of them. (See Wikinews:Never assume.)

    Afaics, you have never contributed to Wikinews. Do you have any plans to do so? --Pi zero (talk) 21:11, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

    Yep! This was requested specifically to assist with a story I'm beginning to research around changes in the availability of public health resources offered by the National Library of Medicine. LFaraone (talk) 04:55, 25 February 2021‎ (UTC)
    Thank you for your response. Would you intend to conduct the interviews by email or by phone? What kind of original reporting activity would you volunteer to undertake? Regards, --Gryllida (talk) 03:35, 26 February 2021 (UTC)
  • As I understand LFaraone would like to have a press pass, in order to get the details, first. A phone/email-based interview will follow soon. I am okay granting them a temporary press pass, valid through April. Depending on how his first article goes, we can then decide about his AR status.
    •–• 07:39, 27 February 2021 (UTC)

Recently closed requestsEdit


Remember: For requests for revoking credentials, "support" or "revoke" means "remove accreditation," and "oppose" or "keep" means "keep accreditation."

Please note that only accredited reporters who have misused their credentials granted to them (as can be proved through concrete evidence) may be listed here.