Wikinews:Water cooler/assistance



Newsworthiness threshold (interview)Edit

In Hungary, the ownership structure of some core universities is about to change. These institutions were managed by the state for several decades, but now there is a government incentive to give them away to foundation control.

The University of Szeged (with a ~22000 strong student-body) decided about this yesterday, and its Senate conditionally approved the change, but due to language barriers and lack of English coverage, this would be hard to cover here in time. The way to go would be an interview.

The university management is notorious for being unavailable to the press, and so are the elected student representatives. Would an interview with a self-organized student activist group (a member of them) be enough to cover this? I mean, since this person is not in a decision-making position, he is just an outside observer. How deep could an interview with him go into his opinions about the structural change? - Xbspiro (talk) 01:41, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

@Xbspiro: Some thoughts.
  • One would want an introduction that explains the situation quite well.
  • The introduction should make very clear what the interviewee is and what they aren't.
  • It would seem to make sense (unless there's something I'm failing to understand about the context of the situation) to request an interview from one of the other parties you mention who are notorious for being unavailable to the press.
  • I see no problem going into depth with such an interviewee; if their views are of interest, they're of interest.
--Pi zero (talk) 02:47, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

A small update: the Parliament voted about the matter a few hours ago. English language coverage is sparse at the moment, but I will keep my eyes peeled. - Xbspiro (talk) 15:04, 27 April 2021 (UTC)

Media coverageEdit

Hello -- I am needing to discuss some examples of media placements with someone. I need to make sure what we have will be acceptable for submission. Can someone please e-mail me at please? ---Thank you!—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Good afternoon, could you please clarify your query? Are you looking to contribute? Write an article? Be the subject of an article? Be interviewed? --JJLiu112 (talk) 15:36, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

Complete my articlesEdit

I have created some articles: 45 crushed to death in stampede during Jewish festival, Car bomb at Afghan guesthouse kills at least 30, and Fire at Indian hospital kills 18. Can anyone complete them? Also, someone should make anh article about the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border clashes. Pizza0614 (talk) 04:44, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

@Pizza0614: One of the things some newbies do is to hop on to new news stories to write about without completing the first one. I could ping a few people who could help you complete the article, but they are either losing freshness, or are already stale. I would however recommend picking one story and writing it on your own, wait for the publication, learn how you could have improved and then move to the next one. This way, you would learn how to best write an article here, and that will help you with the future articles. @Gryllida, Green Giant, JJLiu112, SVTCobra, LivelyRatification, RockerballAustralia, ImprovedWikiImprovment: any chance you could help Pizza0614 with the articles?
•–• 04:49, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
I don't want to, and frankly, it shouldn't be anyone's responsibility to. This web site isn't, @Pizza0614:, a place where you just dump a title and leave us to do the grunt work. Either you'd like to contribute properly, or not at all. --JJLiu112 (talk) 02:35, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
At times, a newbie does not know how to, @JJLiu112: and is trying their best to understand and get something meaningful out there. It is not a responsibility indeed, but that does not mean we can't help. The article will be for the project, and taking someone's article after they have abandoned hope is not a new thing. Had Tom Morris not helped me, when I felt I tried everything for US Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal, my fifth successful article, 11th in total, we would not have it. Same happened when I had so many articles to focus when I created Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan dies aged 82. If you don't want to, that is all right. But if you do, you are helping a newcomer understand how to do things, and at the same time, helping the project. With their first article, it is evident Pizza0614 is not here merely for dumping articles.
•–• 03:44, 5 May 2021 (UTC)