Wikinews:Accredited Reporter ID

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WN:WARIC
Full project name
Wikinews Accredited Reporter Identity Cards
Amount requested (in USD)
Please see "financial requirements" section below.

Project scopeEdit

The English Wikinews has had in place, since 2006, an "accreditation policy", whereby members of the community may request that they are vouched for by the community in order to claim press credentials at events. Members who are successfully accredited are known as "accredited reporters", and have their details listed on a credential verification page, as well as the ability to have their status vouched for by any other accredited reporter or sysop. However, many reporters are asked for press credentials at police borders, large events, and other news events, preventing them from obtaining valuable "Original Reporting". The Wikinews Accredited Reporter Identity Cards (WARIC) Project aims to solve this problem.

For the avoidance of doubt: This proposal is not for the WMF to begin vouching for our accredited reporters.

Project goalEdit

The goal of this project is to provide identity cards to accredited reporters in order to facilitate their reporting of events. These cards are to be renewed annually in order to prevent misuse of the cards by former / no longer accredited Wikinews users.

Financial requirementsEdit

All estimates in the below table have been over-estimated to ensure no shortfall of funds. For comparison, at time of writing, the English Wikinews has 54 accredited reporters, of which 43 are classed as "active". The proposal below accounts for 100 cards, so costs are likely to be much lower.

Option 1 - ID Bureau Service Option 2 - In-House Printing
Card Cost (per card)
$5 (E)
Shipping Costs (per card)
$2 (E)


Cost based on 100 cards
$700 (E)
Misc charges (setup, extra shipping, contingencies etc)
$300 (E)


Total requested (p.a.)
$1000 (E)
Printer cost
$1750 (E)
Card Costs (per card)
$1 (E) Includes ink cost
Shipping Costs (per card)
$2 (E)


Cost based on 100 cards
$300 (E)
Misc charges (setup, extra shipping, contingencies etc)
$200 (E)


Total requested (initial)
$1750 (E)
Total requested (p.a.)
$500 (E)

(E) indicates an estimated cost

Non-financial requirementsEdit

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Fit to strategyEdit

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Other benefitsEdit

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  • Increased Original Reporting
  • Increased recognition at events / by other media

Measures of successEdit

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  • Original Reporting increases
  • Access to events / scenes increased / granted