Wikinews:Water cooler/assistance

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I don't understand the idea behind Wikinews Edit

How is it not just paraphrasing from other news articles? Wouldn't that be a copyright violation? What's the point of it anyway, as the news articles already exist elsewhere? How can it be justified to paraphrase a paid news article and republish it as free content? 2601:644:907E:A450:F57F:4318:41E8:4394 (talk) 16:20, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WN:INTRO is Wikinews pitching itself. Yes, close paraphrasing can infringe on copyright. But we aim to present our articles differently from their sources, as WN:PILLARS explains. As for your first and third questions, we do some original reporting — you can see it at Category:Original reporting, and our best here. Even when writing synthesis (non-OR), contributors often try to draw in additional information not present in the news articles used for sourcing, whether on the focal event itself or for background (an example of the latter can be seen here). Heavy Water (talk) 17:36, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Referencing/use of unpublished documents, records etc Edit

I have recently obtained police documents (incident report and arrest report) under open records legislation that have not been published elsewhere. I was wondering: (1) Can these be used when writing an article? (2) If yes, how does one go about referencing them? QuantumControl (talk) 08:19, 29 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Take a look at Wikinews:Original reporting for how to handle and share original notes. —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:15, 29 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Peace out! Edit

This has been coming for a while now. As of today, I have retired here as a Reviewer, Admin and Bureaucrat. I wish to remain listed as an accredited reporter for a little while. I believed very deeply in what happened here for a long while. This entire thing has become unrecognizable to me. I don't feel comfortable calling English WN 'a failure'.... but: it has without-a-doubt lost its framework. There are other things I wish to focus on in my life. Good luck to all parties. Journalism is a noble endeavor -- I wish you all many good things ahead. Whomever can take away bits......feel free to do so in terms of my role here.--Bddpaux (talk) 21:05, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for your service, B. Agreed that this project needs a lot of love and no one of us can do it alone. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:22, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your service. I'm genuinely sorry to see you go. I have filed a de-bureaucratship request at m:SRP (as stewards are the only ones able to remove bureaucrat). Heavy Water (talk) 23:19, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And requested removal of admin and reviewer bits at AAA. Heavy Water (talk) 23:24, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]