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Who died and left you to write about it?

The first is a good question; the answer to the second is: we did.

The Wikinews Research Desk aims to be the Original Reporter's best sidekick. It can also be a place to start; to peruse and check out the press releases of influential organizations. Why do they think it is important the public knows that information, and how have people responded to it? Or look for something light to write! For instance: What were the top grossing films last month? Did the takings run-counter to serious reviews? BoxOffice Mojo's numbers are used by many major media outlets. Was your favourite television program cancelled? Did a million people cry out, sign a petition, and then there was silence? What are the headlines from around the world about the Presidential election? (Hint: It need not be a U.S. Presidential election, other countries have presidents too.) You can write a story by clicking on their coverage below. What is the latest climate change news? What is the difference between British, American and Canadian public health advisories? What, if anything, has replaced Avian Flu as a major threat to humanity these days? What are people protesting, where, and why? Who is INTERPOL looking for, and what did he or she do?

You can find answers to all these questions, and come up with your own, by exploring the links below. Happy writing.

Have a story? Stuck for ideas? You are in the right placeEdit

Need a little "wind in your sails"?Edit

  • You'll love this article:


Place to find ideas for articlesEdit

  • #wikinews-feeds irc channel provides a ticker showing you the latest news from many sources.

Government Statistics News in Selected CountriesEdit

See also: Portal:World

Locations chosen by availability in English language

  • United Kingdom - a news goldmine for UK stats that you can write about. Constantly updating not only things such as the average height and weight of a child in the UK, but current market trends, tourism trends, press releases.
  • Ireland - Are the Irish travelling more? Where do they travel to? How much do they make now? What do they do die of, and are they raping/killing/robbing each other more, or less, than they were last year? If these questions grab you, write a story.
  • United States A site that leads you to everything you could possibly want to know about the United States, its agencies and statistics. This is a site if you know what you're curious about: it's Spartan, but it will lead to anything you may want to know about America, from Department of Energy press releases to how many obese people live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Australian government's site detailing a range of Australian statistics. You can also go to their media releases, Essentially: a site perfect for those with an Australian headline in mind, but perhaps less of use for the casual story idea seeker.
  • New Zealand A site that is frequently updated. May requires some inventiveness to rework titles such as "Births at 44 Year High", "More beverages available with less alcohol content", back the data up with additional sources and create an article then you are welcome to attempt to write it.
  • South Africa's statistics have a reputation for worthwhile information being less-easy to extract.
  • [2] This is a model site for the people, and prime for OR story ideas. From employment to gas sales to hourly earnings to family violence. You can hunt around on here and come up with a Canadian angle.
  • India a site that will appeal to the amateur anthropologist in all of us. In such a multi-dimensional society, a site that is "just the facts, please' and is better for researching pre-conceived questions than to surf for possible angles for a story.

English News Sources From Around the WorldEdit

See also: Portal:Politics and conflicts

This is a collection of a few English language sources for various countries and organizations. For even more sources by region, including native language resources, please see Wikinews:Global Networking.


See also: Portal:Asia


A way to find court cases: e-Court services, which is run by Government of India can be helpful, with CRN number required to search any case.

Explanation using an example: Consider searching a court case handled by the Meghalaya High Court's SR Sen.

  1. Go to their official website.
  2. Under Services, click "Judgements".
  3. Click on "Judge wise" under "Case Orders".
  4. Select the name of the judge from drop-down.

This may prove helpful to get the complete hearing of the case, unlike how the Indian MSM trims the case study. It would be good to add a link to the original hearing as external link, or even use it as a valid source.

Africa and Middle East

See also: Portal:Africa
See also: Portal:Middle East

(more Middle East sources)

  • Save Darfur press releases - an important story of our time, some attempts to keep it updated on here should be made
  • African Union News and Events
  • BBC Middle East
  • Arab News The First English Daily Newspaper in Saudi Arabia, published simultaneously from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran
  • Al Jazeera, controversial Arabic news services English site


See also: Portal:Israel
  • Haaretz, Israel Daily with a respected reputation; widely read in Israel, Hebrew and English
  • ynet, popular Israel Daily; widely read in Israel, Hebrew and English
  • Jerusalem Post, English language daily; not widely read in Israel but influential in the United States; reputation as conservative (even neoconservative)
  • Palestinian Authority news from the Middle East Media Research Center, an "independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501 (c)3 organization. MEMRI's headquarters is located in Washington, DC with branch offices in London, Tokyo, Rome, Baghdad and Jerusalem. MEMRI research is translated to English, German, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese."

South Africa

See also: Portal:South Africa



See also: Portal:Canada
  • Macleans, a widely-read weekly news magazine.
  • Globe and Mail Canada's "New York Times"
  • National Post, National paper owned by News Corp. with intent to take on Globe & Mail; has come up in respectability
  •, very comprehensive and free website run by one of Canada's mega-giant media companies,CanWest Global Communications


See also: Portal:Chile

United States

See also: Portal:United States



See also: Portal:Ireland

United Kingdom

See also: Portal:United Kingdom


See also: Wikinews:Global Networking/Oceania


See also: Portal:Australia
  • ABC News Online, government funded broadcast media organisation that covers local and national news
  • The Australian, the first national paper, a News Corp. property
  • Australian Financial Review, daily business-focused news
  • Crikey, independent news website
  • Nine News, the national news service of the Nine Network, a Nine/Fairfax subsidiary
  • SBS World News, government-funded news organisation that focuses on multiethnic communities
  • Sydney Morning Herald, founded in 1831 as the Sydney Herald, the SMH is the oldest continuously-published newspaper in Australia.
  • The Age, a broadsheet daily newspaper, which has been published in Melbourne since 1854

New Zealand

See also: Portal:New Zealand

International English language

  • Agence France news ticker. Only headlines, but excellent to find out quick soundbites and updated. Write the stories to the headlines you read here on Wikinews. Just research it using other sources.
  • United Nations News Service, the UN's news site
  • Japan Today, magazine-style news items about Japanese business and politics, with discussion groups
  • China Daily (PROC government-controlled)


See also: Portal:Internet
  • YouTube clips that are making news - has something shown up on YouTube recently people are talking about (and you should write about)?
  • Online Journalism News (UK) "The Essential Site for Journalists"
  • Wikileaks (currently inoperative, see Here for status
  • Drudge Report, say what you will, he breaks stories and everyone reads him. Important during 2008 election; so many links to so many political sites, that alone makes it good for research
  • Huffington Post, same as Drudge, and very notable columnists. Political news aggregators and other features make it handy for research


Economy and businessEdit

See also: Portal:Economy and business

International organizations data

Government business/economic resources

News media



Military, Defense and WarEdit

Media, culture and entertainmentEdit

See also: Portal:Culture and entertainment


See also: Portal:Music


See also: [[::Category:Art|:Category:Art]]
  • Artnet news, including art market trends, upcoming events, international
  • The Art Newspaper includes the drama and intrigue of the art scene


See also: Portal:Film

Journalism and mediaEdit

See also: [[::Category:Media|:Category:Media]]


See also: [[::Category:Theatre|:Category:Theatre]]


See also: [[::Category:Literature|:Category:Literature]]


See also: [[::Category:New York Fashion Week|:Category:New York Fashion Week]]


See also: Portal:Television

Major Global Cities: Press ReleasesEdit

See also: [[::Category:London|:Category:London]]
See also: Portal:New York
See also: Portal:Washington, D.C.
See also: [[::Category:Sydney|:Category:Sydney]]
See also: [[::Category:Dublin|:Category:Dublin]]
See also: [[::Category:Los Angeles, California|:Category:Los Angeles, California]]

Journals and ScholarshipEdit

  • Google Scholar, which indexes the full text of scholarly research journals
  • CiteSeer public search engine and digital library for scientific and academic papers.

Deaths, Medical and HealthEdit

See also: Portal:Health



  • Health Canada, government site with advisories, warnings and recalls.

United Kingdom

United States


  • Latest Avian Flu News from the WHO
  • World Health Organization Country Statistics
  • Health information on Prescription Drug Indications, Dosage, Warnings and Possible Interactions; Color Pill Images; Patient Information Pamphlets, outlining what to expect when dealing with various conditions, required tests and treatments; and detailed information and color illustrations regarding the diagnosis, cause and treatment of most major health problems.


See also: Portal:Obituaries

Environment, Science and technologyEdit

See also: Portal:Science and technology

Protests and media releasesEdit

  • Eworldwire, a site that presents and disseminates news and video the article subject's want you to know, from their perspective but uses due diligence and other verification methods.
  •, a global site listing information about protest events and locations.
  • PR Newswire, a site that presents news the article subject's want you to know, from their perspective

Advocacy groups and activistsEdit

Wikimedia Research and ToolsEdit

See also: Portal:Wikimedia

Legal ResearchEdit

See also: Portal:Crime and law

United StatesEdit

Accredited Reporter's CornerEdit


See also: Wikinews:Code of Ethics
  • International Association of Press Clubs - join your local. They are often not expensive, and can assist with knowledge and helping you gain access to police press passes, events, et. al. It is also another credential.
  • Reporters Without Borders - Online press freedom organization; has an interesting Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents.
  • Freedom House Global Press Freedom 2007: Threats to Media Independence

Your rights as a reporter and photographerEdit


New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Writing helpEdit

Language Translation ServicesEdit

After You Research Your Article: Images
Wikinews Picture of the Year 2007: A good image in a news article will relate instantly to the viewer as many important elements of the topic as possible.
See also: Wikinews:Image use policy

You need images for your articlesEdit

Images, such as the one in the opening paragraph courtesy of the French Wikinews, or the current English Wikinews Picture of the Year, are as important as the text. When an image is present in a story, no matter how good the prose the image can make or break a reader's impression. A good Wikinews reporter will contemplate aspects of their story, and find free media (or fair use) to illustrate their story. For instance, on Wikipedia there is an article about Mark Barnes, a notable attorney some readers might find uninteresting. But on that page you can see how media can be used to make a subject dynamic; for instance, a letter written by the subject's students and a portrait of his ancestor, Daniel Boone, are incorporated. Look for the interesting, relevant angle when you choose media.

Where to find imagesEdit

Wikimedia Commons

Your first stop for stock photos. The easiest way of finding freely licensed images is to search the Wikimedia Commons project. All images on Commons are freely licensed and can be used in articles as if they are hosted locally.

Wikipedia as a photo Sherpa

Another option is to look at any relevant Wikipedia articles and see if any appropriate images are available there but note that not all images on Wikipedia are freely licensed and if that is the case then their use here must also comply with fair use. In theory Wikipedia editors have come to consensus as to the best photos to illustrate a topic, although the surest judgment is to search the Commons. Still, Wikipedia, or another Wikimedia Foundation project, may be organized in a manner that makes it easy to find a good stock photo for a news article you can freely use.

If a freely licensed image still cannot be located then it may be possible to find one on an external website which you can upload to Commons. It is important that it is explicitly stated that the image is released under a compatible licence, see Commons:Licensing for information.

There are likely to be exceptions but the websites listed below are known to host some freely licensed image files. If after searching a freely licensed image cannot be located then consider asking a photographer to release an image under a compatible licence, see Wikipedia:Requesting copyright permission for advice on doing this.

If all else fails, try theses sites for free media
  • Flickr, note that only the Attribution (CC-BY) and the Attribution ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) licences are permitted
  • National Archives, it may take some hunting, but it's all free
  • NASA Images all free, space, sun, moons, stars
  • US Government archive of free photos; seems like a lot on offer of random things few people need. But worth a look.
  • Library of Congress Memory project. Very historical. Unless Alexander Graham Bell fits in your story, may have trouble with modern topics.
  • yotophoto like google images, but for free photos (be warned their definition of free sometimes differs from wikimedia's)