Research Desk is a list of useful links to get quotes, press release info, data or inspiration from.
Questions to kickstart your thought process:
Have a story? Stuck for ideas? edit
Government statistics (selected countries) edit
Locations chosen by availability in English
Secondary sources edit
Processed news material which went through an editorial process.
Global coverage edit
Primary sources edit
Press releases or organization-sponsored news. Might be considered PR, can be used for data, quotes and for an official take on the matter. Usually lacks context.
Court cases edit
Find any court case with CRN numbers on e-Court services.
An example: searching a case handled by the Meghalaya High Court's SR Sen.
This may prove helpful to get the complete hearing of the case, unlike how the Indian MSM trims the case study. Add a link to the original hearing as external link, or use it as a source.
Economy and business edit
Media, culture and entertainment edit
Journalism and media edit
Major Global Cities: Press Releases edit
Journals and Scholarship edit
Deaths, Medical and Health edit
You need images for your articles edit
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 images edit
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.
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.