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WELCOME to my page. Please leave a messsage Arepticous talkcontribs 14:08, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

What type of news?[edit]

I have a short question. What kind of news can be reported in Wikinews? Please answer back in my talk. Arepticous talkcontribs 15:27, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

We don't have any restriction on "what type of". It just has to be news.
By the way, your article Sri lanka actor Dasun nishan commits suicide failed the review. What does that mean? -- Well, it failed because I could not verify the story, we need two independent sources to verify (which you have used for writing this article) and the other reason being too short. We need at least three medium sized paragraphs for minimal length. It should not be hard to find sources, nor to write three paragraphs. But if it is, let me know -- I would see what I can do. If the news broke recently, and yet to hit the news, you need to wait.
acagastya PING ME! 15:58, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
If I read this article correctly, Sri lanka actor wijaya nandasiri dies, the incident took place on August 8. It is too late to be relatively "new" and hence, it is not news. Writing about his death is pointless since it is not fresh anymore.
acagastya PING ME! 16:56, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Re Sri Lanka bombing 2019 (follow up events)[edit]

What are the dates of each of these events? Please tell this to me as soon as possible. I would like to use this information for assessing whether this is still 'news', and if so, then how it is best written.

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--Gryllida (talk) 11:25, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi Gryllida, The events happened on the 21st of April, even so, the investigations are still going and these happened recently. I expect some more turnovers in this story... and it might probably go until the next month. ArepTicous talkcontribs 13:52, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

--ArepTicous talkcontribs 13:52, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Thank you. Yea, April 21 is too old. When something new happens, just add it to the draft and leave me a message.
Meanwhile you are welcome to write a draft about anything else that comes to your mind --presumably you read news somewhere every day or two-- or help out by improving others' drafts in the newsroom (something I wrote a small tool for in case you are interested) as this activity helps you gain news writing practice to make starting your own story a bit easier.
Thank you and welcome to Wikinews!! :-) --Gryllida (talk) 20:01, 4 May 2019 (UTC)