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Youth Olympics Game Nanjing 2014[edit]

Hi Brian, I`m planing a 5-day visit with photographers and authors to Nanjing. Today i have only the question to you: Would you like to visit China for 5 days between 16. and 28. August 2014? --Ralf Roletschek (talk) 12:02, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Wow! I'd love to visit Nanjing. I'm currently still looking for a new job, though. That could cause some issues, depending on what work I end up doing - if I don't simply go self-employed.
Have treated myself to a Canon EOS 400D since Strasbourg, which I'm still getting the hang of. Last time I owned an SLR was pre-digital cameras.
Oh, and the report I compiled from our visit to the EU Parliament is up as a Wikinews Featured Article Candidate; I used a couple of your photos on that, fairly-closely following your requested image credit. I just wish The Other Place (Wikipedia) would adopt something similar on images, it'd encourage far more pro photographers to donate work. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:49, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Fine! Today i only search the team, i must make a request at WMF and then we'll see. --Ralf Roletschek (talk) 08:44, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Don't be surprised if you have to drop me to get any funding application to the WMF accepted. I'll not go into the sorry tale behind their attitude to me on-wiki, suffice to say that I've a handful of enemies/antagonists over on English Wikipedia who'd scream donor's funds were being misused if the Foundation even bought me a cup of coffee. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:02, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I have a Grant: - i need the best people for Nanjing. Diliff as the best photographer of Commons and you as Member of en.wikinews. The little projects need also a possibility to work, wikinews german is not very great, you must write in China every day some Articles. And i want, that you write some articles in english Wikipedia. Please go here: and take a accreditation to you with the Organisatin "Wikimedia Austria". Its without cost. You need a photo and your passport. All other later ;) --Ralf Roletschek (talk) 19:21, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I pulled up the registration page this morning, and it let me click through to the second page stating it recognised "Wikimedia Austria". But, I failed to find the passport-sized photo I had — have now got another to use. Now, it's telling me I'd have to register Wikimedia Austria as an org - which has prompted me to defer this until I find out if it's in-some-way changed (Österreich?).
Workload you're asking for isn't difficult, apart from writing for Wikipedia (because of the sourcing fun, which makes that far-easier post-visit). I know the IOC are absurdly strict on images and video from actual competition in the traditional Olympics, and Paralympics; I'm hoping they're more-relaxed about the Youth Olympics, but would work on the assumption I'd have to engage a lot of the competitors away from competition and do interviews — which are far more-likely to garner readers/viewers (yes, I'll be bringing everything I have that shoots video).
Let me know if I've an issue on the application (since it no-longer auto-completes Wikimedia Austria's details). I'm taking advantage of being unemployed to try and sign-up for a basic Chinese Language course with Edinburgh University. I'm genuinely terrible with foreign languages, but I at least want to be able to say thank you to people (as well as know if they're swearing at me :P). --Brian McNeil / talk 15:35, 8 April 2014 (UTC)


I notice the sandbox didn't reset after I edited it yesterday. --Pi zero (talk) 09:57, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

  • I'll check the logs in a bit. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:02, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Figured out the issue; hosting company relocated, and the crontab wasn't migrated. --Brian McNeil / talk 07:38, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Watercooler discussion: Possible memorial fund?[edit]

Hi. I started a discussion on the English Wikinews water cooler at Memorial fund in Ashley-Nelson and Adrianne Wadewitz's honor?. I would really appreciate any feedback you could provide. --LauraHale (talk) 15:03, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Newsletter copy for this month[edit]

Brian, Could you take a look at this newsletter item about the education program at Wikinews? It's at [1] at Wikipedia Education Program newsletter site. Thank you, Crtew (talk) 15:43, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Looks good, and particularly positive, to me. As you might've noticed, UoW students are also in the process of submitting contributions - so a footnote on that might be worthwhile. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:21, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I think the newsletter is PR and not what we do here at Wikinews! I'll change the copy to account for the UoW students but I don't know much about them. I'm trying to get a picture of my students by Wednesday. Crtew (talk) 20:58, 15 April 2014 (UTC)