User:Gryllida/Getting started v2

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How to get started?[edit]

Writing a full story is too hard so how do you get started? Start simple: write one line and click submit.

They are a personal interpretation of the author, Gryllida, and changes can be discussed at the talk page.

Image by: Asio otus, Chrkl
Licence: GNU GPL v1.2+ & CC-BY-SA-3.0

To add a story please make a selection below.

How far are you ready to challenge yourself?

Level 0: I can write one line about something newsworthy[edit]

  • Type your headline, click 'Create'. On the next page click 'Save changes'. You do not have to edit the article.

Level 1: I can write the headline and include a source URL[edit]

  • You learn to share an URL, identify its title and date and publisher and author. *(Firefox addon [1] made by Gryllida may help...)

Level 2: I have the headline and a couple sources[edit]

  • This time share 2-3 sources not only one.
  • This takes a couple minutes.
  • You learn how to identify independent sources (key to verifiability).

Level 3: I have the headline with sources, and also can write a longer description (the first paragraph)[edit]

  • This takes a few minutes.
  • This time share not only the headline and a couple URLs, but also a paragraph -- a brief description of what happened.
  • This paragraph answers some of the 5Ws and an H questions:
    Who, what, why, where, when, how.
  • If some of these questions are not answered, spell them out (add 'why the storm occurred - missing').
  • You begin to learn to answer the 5Ws and an H without bias.

Level 4: I can answer all of the 5Ws and an H in the first paragraph[edit]

Wikinews inverted pyramid 1.png
  • This takes about 5-10 minutes.
  • You learn to write all of the 5Ws and an H, this is the first paragraph of a publishable news article
    (often one of the Ws or the H is hidden and mainstream media does not say, may need some digging around and attention! :-) ).

Level 5: I can write a longer description, with an extra paragraph or two about more details or background[edit]

Wikinews inverted pyramid 2.png
  • This takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • You learn the inverted pyramid layout
    (something mainstream media often ignores and does not do - Wikinews specific - please look carefully :-) )
    and continue to write without bias (this means with attribution where needed)

Level 6: I can write the full article with images, maps, categories, and infoboxes[edit]

  • This takes about 15-30 minutes.
  • You learn to write a bit more content, possibly with


  • open the style guide and content guide in a new tab, bookmark
  • bookmark this page
  • to start the note-taking log, visit this page and click save
  • aim to move to the next level each 2 weeks

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