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Google News for Wikinews[edit]

Hi! I saw the English Wikinews is shown on Google News. Is something like that possible for other Wikinews-versions too? Livenws (talk) 07:58, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Noting events before writing about them[edit]

Do you have ideas for software that could be used to take note of events that have occurred very recently, or are occurring now? It may help with organizing local groups that report on the news in their respective areas. It may also ease learning of newcomers - they may add an event into such a system instead of writing a full article.

I expect such software to show events on a map as well as in an ordered list with fresh first which corresponds to the currently active region of the map. The availability of such software may make it easier to identify news to write about. And then recommendations could be shown to users based on current Twitter or Facebook trends.

There is mw:Extension:Cargo/Display_formats which has a map and a time line however this needs to be hosted on a separate wiki and is unlikely to be installed directly here. And adding events to it looks like a rather manual process.. Gryllida (talk) 11:54, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Future reporting[edit]

wikt:can and wikt:may are not quite synonymous. (Did not check the original source.) Also, it's alive! - Amgine | t 14:22, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Growing Wikinews to counter the Balkanization of the body politic[edit]


I'm asking all the Wikinews administrators for their thoughts on how Wikinews and the Wikimedia Foundation more generally might respond more effectively to the challenges to democracy and world peace that many people perceive in the rise of the xenophobic right in the US, Europe, India, the Philippines, and elsewhere. I've proposed a workshop on this subject for WikiConference North America, October 18-21, and I've engaged User:Pi zero and User:Gryllida in discussing this at Wikinews:Water cooler/proposals#Retaining contributors with compatible projects. Pi zero and Gryllida think the numbers I scraped from meta:Wikinews are wrong. That may be, but I don't think it changes the fundamental question.

I hope you will contribute your thoughts to this discussion -- both online and hopefully also at WikiConference North America.

Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 01:07, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

I'm interested in your feedback[edit]

Brian, you had been a lot of help some years ago, when I contributed to two Wikinews stories, and I see you're engaged in trying to improve the site. I recently came along here again, in a failed attempt to start a new article, and I'm somewhat shocked about the disturbing lack of fresh content here. Something needs to be done, obviously! I've got some ideas and I'm very interested in your opinions on some points for discussion I added to Wikinews talk:For Wikipedians. Pls weigh in! Best regards Gray62 (talk) 13:18, 5 October 2018 (UTC)