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Video production 
Paul — I don't have very much experience with video production. I suggest that if you want to gain experience, try filming something very short and unrelated to the story you ultimately want to cover, in order to gain experience in doing it. For example, film a short story about something simple, like litter in the subway; interview a couple of people with different opinions, and write up an article to go with the video segment. Upload the video to the Commons, and post the article here, and in the process gain experience that will set you up for the transit strike story. You might also be able to get some pointers from ex-Wikinewsie David Vasquez. He's unfortunately no longer regularly contributing, so use the "Email this user" link on his user page to contact him. Good luck! -- IlyaHaykinson 07:14, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
- You might also be intreasted in Wikinews:Broadcast which isn't active curently (unfortunatly the person heading up the project left(David Vasquez) but he left on fairly good terms so he'll proably help you if you ask.) but there might be something there useful. Good luck. happy editing, and filming. Bawolff ☺☻ 07:25, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
New Wikinewsie 
Hello. Thank you :) I am currently covering a somewhat breaking story: Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners. I am covering a meetig on the 21 of this month that is going to be a big event. This is causing quite an uproar. I would not be suprised if this made national headlines :) But you should always take notes, record quotes if you can and take your own pictures as well as your own work can be used on Wikinews. I am still new at Original reporting and this is my first major actual full fledged reporting. Good luck and let me know how everything goes. Keep in touch! Jason Safoutin 07:03, 17 February 2006 (UTC)