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Gulf coast article
Welcome to Wikinews and thank you for your interest in contributing to it. unfortunately, the article Gulf Coast Is Rebuilding is not quite ready to be published. a couple of things need to be fixed.
- the article does not focus on a particular event or provide details to form the "meat" of a more widely scoped report on an ongoing phenomenon.
- statements such as "hardly ever gets noticed by most media outlets" need to be verifiable, backed up by some research or sourced to other published work.
Articles cannot be published without sources. It is a requirement that the template detailing the url of the reports you have used is filled out. Do not publish without sources. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:08, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
Hi! I thought I'd pop on here to help you out with sources. Sports sources are kind of tricky because while scores don't necessarily need to be cited, statistics and any game facts need citation unless you've tracked the statistics yourself. In that case, those statistics are still unofficial unless you're the appointed "official scorer" for the match. The issue here is that the statistics are usually copyrighted by the league office, and if you don't cite the source you can be held liable in the event of a plagiarism claim.
It's -very- advisable to have at least two sources for any article. For sports articles regarding games that you haven't personally attended or watched, a written game recap and stats sheet are usually more than enough as sources. I try to get a game play-by-play tally as well but it's not a necessity.
Hope this helps! I'm one of the up-and-coming sports authorities around here (or so I'm told) so if you need any help feel free to let me know.
-- Theirishpianist 21:24, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
BTW, you might want to see my changes to the article, to make it less like a letter to the editor, and more "news articley". In the future, if you can get an actual quote from a local resident, business owner, history buff, and quote it in quotes, that lets you add the opinions that you share, while making it clear that the opinions aren't the official views of Wikinews, since Wikinews doesn't have official views. -- Zanimum 19:53, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
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- Hello Jwjoffrion. Could you please get back to us with information on the sources to the article? We need active links for sources so that we can verify the information. Or, if the source of the material is based on Original Reporting, we need some notes added to the article's Talk page. Cheers, --Jcart1534 17:53, 9 July 2007 (UTC)