Wikinews:Accreditation requests

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To file a request for credentials or for revocation, please read over the Accreditation policy first. You can also view the accredited users list.

If you would like to receive official Wikinews credentials, please type your username after the slash in the box below, click "request", then follow the instructions. After you have posted, the user's entry will solicit Support/Object votes from Wikinews users for the duration of 7 days for accreditation and 14 for revocation. At the expiration of this time period the user will either be granted accreditation, or the vote removed from this page and archived. In the case of revocation a case may be closed early, but no earlier than 7 days, when there is overwhelming consensus.

Upon successful accreditation

Once accredited, you can get a personal email address on Wikinewsie. Please contact user Brian McNeil about this, your email address will be made up based on the details given when applying - if you have a middle name and you feel having this in the address (or its initial) is important, please say so. You must either provide an existing email address for the password to be sent to, or have enabled email from your en.wikinews account and specify this as the preferred contact method. For further information, contact an active, established, already-accredited user. Requests for an email address must be verifiable - either submit via 'email this user', or signed, and on Brian McNeil's talk page.

In addition to a email address, accredited reporters may – at their own expense – obtain a stock of business cards clearly indicating they are an accredited reporter. You can see a sample here. (Note, degraded to a quality that prevents use.)

Current requests[edit]

Lhcollins (talk)[edit]

Name: Lhcollins
Location: Maryland, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania, USA
Areas of interest: Emerging musical acts and the venues that support them. Other interests include Psychology and environmental issues.
Reason: To give me the access I need to contribute to Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia more effectively.
Accomplishments: Regarding venues, The Ottobar, Lucerna Music Bar, The Upstage Club, The Saint (music venue), Asbury Park Music Awards and numerous fixes to articles about other small venues (e.g., The Stone Pony, Hammerjacks, The Recher Theater). In terms of emerging artists (and one DJ), Charlie Mars, The Ries Brothers, Deal Casino, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Emily Grove, Holme (band), The Blind Owl Band, and Jeff Raspe. In real life I am a psychology professor whose hobbies include construction, home renovation, photography, web design, digital art, technology. I am a published author.

Here are the photographs I have contributed to Wikimedia:

Contact information: lc AT chwd1 com
User ID:
Applied on: 13:48, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

I would also like to be able to apply for press passes. They require a letter from my editor. How is that handled? Thank you for your help.


You have never contributed to English Wikinews. Just because you wish to help Wikipedia and Commons (and hopefully this project too), we can not grant accreditation. You need to establish yourself as a trustworthy editor. Wikinews is not a place where one can get free press passes, you need to earn it.
acagastya PING ME! 16:04, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

  • It would have been more appropriate for me to ask for credentials from Wikipedia or Wikimedia since I already have a long history of contributions as a trustworthy editor with them (Wikimedia Commons & Wikipedia contributions for the music world alone), but I couldn't figure out what their process was to get press credentials, or even if there is one. Thanks anyway. You just saved me a lot of money! :-) Lhcollins (talk) 14:39, 23 September 2017 (UTC)


Bubba73 (talk)[edit]

Name: Jud McCranie
Location: Brunswick, Georgia, US
Areas of interest: Now mostly photographing historic buildings, especially on the NRHP
Reason: I often am approached by people wondering what I'm doing - sometimes police or security people. I'd like to have photographer credentials. An additional reason is that I often have to shoot a house from a long distance away, through trees, because I don't feel comfortable going up to the house to ask for permission. Credentials would help.
Accomplishments: Many edits to the English Wikipedia (76,000 in 12 years) and many photos uploaded, and a very large number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Autopatrolled with rollback permission.
Contact information: j.mccranie AT comcast net
User ID: 218586 Bubba73 (across wiki projects)
Applied on: 05:20, 2 May 2017 (UTC)


  • Comment Now that you have mentioned "I often have to shoot a house from a long distance away, through trees, because I don't feel comfortable going up to the house to ask for permission.", Wikinews is not a medium to get away with photographing something or someone who were not permitting you to take photographs before. I don't know how it will help make you feel better taking the photos if you were never comfortable with it. It is possible accreditation might help, but it is more about photography ethics here, I feel. And at least for Wikinews, you must have their permission to interview and photograph, and disclose that you are going to report on Wikinews. I didn't know this when I first did it.
    acagastya 05:54, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Reply - I have never felt comfortable about walking up to a house and asking if I can take photos. Some people on the Wikipedia NRHP (National Register of Historic Places) project suggest that I do that (they have done it). I would feel more comfortable about doing that if I had some credientials on me. Bubba73 (talk) 04:01, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
That is the question of personal ethics. Besides, it will be good to point out how you are going to contribute to Wikinews if you want accreditation from Wikinews. Anyone can upload files on Commons. Most of the users that I know, or have met, or saw the userpage never hinted about working for this project. I think Commons should hand out accreditation for photographers who are going to contribute photos only.
acagastya 05:15, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
I wish Commons would do that, but they don't, as far as I know. Bubba73 (talk) 14:24, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Reply Here is an example of where I could have gotten a better photo of a house if I had felt comfortable walking up and asking. Bubba73 (talk) 04:26, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment OK, tell you what: point us to some of your images at about that as a starting point? I think I get what you're going for here and that's no crime. We just have A LOT OF PEOPLE who breeze in here (with no efforts to establish their credibility -- as a person/journalist/or whatever -- and ask us to accredit them just-like-that. So, you can respect that we're a wee bit gun shy about that sometimes? --Bddpaux (talk) 17:29, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
    • Reply This is a link to my uploads to Wikimedia Commons. A few of them are from recent events but the bulk of them are photos of historic buildings, almost all on the NRHP. I have 3,773 pages on my watchlist on Commons - almost all of them are photos. Some are ones that I improved with photoshop or from NASA, but the great majority are ones I've taken (must be well over 3,000 of them). Before 2010 I uploaded to en.wikipedia and a number of them have been transferred to commons. Bubba73 (talk) 04:04, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment When we photograph, we have a reason to. There is something we want to tell others, depict something which would be impossible to put up in the words, or provide some information (...and all of the photography philosophy). As far as that house is concerned, it can be useful for a news article if something happens in that house. But if you had a good reason to take that photo, you should go and take the photo, and if somebody questions, tell them, "Madam/Sir, I was taking pictures of the house because whatever your reason may be, tell them honestly. I hope you do not mind. But if you do, I will delete the photos." And you must delete it because this is the question of ethics.
    acagastya 05:37, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
    • That house is noteworthy because it is on th NRHP, but not in the news. Some people like to see architectural details, which I can't get from that distance. And yes, I'm too shy to just walk up and known on the door. And, for instance, a month or two ago I was walking down the street photographing the NRHP Twin Cities Historic District and someone came up to me and asked was I was doing. I said that I was taking pictures. They asked "what for?"
    • Sometimes historical buildings get destroyed and that makes the news. For instance, I had before and after photos here of a historical building being destroyed (it was in the local news). (Some of the other "places in peril" photos on that page are mine, too.) Bubba73 (talk) 14:31, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
  • I did a search on Wikinews for Brunswick, Georgia and Glynn County, Georgia and there isn't much news here that makes it to Wikinews. But if someone wanted a photo of a news event here, or pretty close to here, I could go get it. Bubba73 (talk) 14:45, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
A couple of things: First; when I was taking photos of ATMs when I was writing this story India discontinues ₹500, ₹1000 denominations; releases ₹2000 and new ₹500 bills, security guard asked me why I was taking photos in Kannada. I tried to explain him that it was for news and he said I am not supposed to. It is possible that they said no for security reason, but I was a) not in a position to explain them what is Freedom of Panorama because of the language barrier and b) not accredited. You are in a better position than this. And Second; even if you have accreditation, people reserve the right to question you, say no to you or even tell a police official. You can tell about Freedom of Panorama and the police might help you there, but the accreditation would not stop others from questioning you.
As far a historically significant buildings are concerned, I don't think it should be a problem since you can always say: "I want a photo of this historical architecture."
acagastya 09:29, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Well, you've certainly contribute A LOT OF IMAGES at Commons, that's for sure. (A little aside here: I've gotten a lot of mileage simply saying, 'I'm a reporter working on a news story.') Non-Americans bring an interesting angle, because 'accredited' means a lot outside of the old US of, with our Freedom of the Press thing, and all.....but I digress. Well, at least we know you've cranked out a lot of output! Do you imagine yourself writing here much? --Bddpaux (talk) 21:14, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
Ummmmmm, an answer to my question might be nice. --Bddpaux (talk) 22:16, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, but I didn't know that I had a message. No, I don't expect to write for WikiNews - there usually isn't much news other than local news here in Brunswick, Georgia. The Savannah and Jacksonville (exp Jax) newspapers cover some local news, and sometimes the Savannah and Jacksonville TV stations have something. The last big news here was the hurricane last fall, and it didn't hit us hard. Bubba73 (talk) 22:32, 2 June 2017 (UTC)


Support You, my friend put your WORK where your mouth is! If ever there's been a person worthy of accreditation for photographic submissions to Commons, it'd be you! --Bddpaux (talk) 21:38, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

@Bddpaux: I don't think handing out accreditation for anyone with a camera is a good idea. They should have a history of contribution, and establish a trust before they can shield themselves with a press pass.
acagastya PING ME! 16:07, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
Well, let me offer a few comments here. Yes, accreditation is about trust. Yes, its a serious thing and should be treated as such. We here at English WN are 'vouching' for that person and their credibility as a contributor. I own a camera and I'd bet you do too. LOADS AND LOADS of people come here, hang about for 6 minutes, then ask for accreditation. (You weren't one of them.) When they don't get it, they often tantrum and run away mad! Now, you use the term 'shield themselves'. I know that, in various parts of the world, the term 'Press Credentials' means different things and that's fine. I can walk out on a nearby sidewalk and do 85% of EVERYTHING a reporter with the Dallas Morning News can do right this second. It's not always like that in certain countries and I'm aware of that....okey-dokey....fine. This guy, though.....asked for it....and then HAS CONTINUED TO PHOTOGRAPH many historical homes in his geographic area. To also split some VERY fine hairs, each of us are still (technically) operating as "independent" journalists......even if we are 'accredited' here! The Wikimedia Foundation doesn't buy insurance for us. I'd be willing to bet if we were sued in light of a story, we wouldn't be able to get ANY of their lawyers to call us back! This guy is a WORKER.....go check out his stuff over at Commons. He's pretty much said he's not a writer....and that's is. But we've had enough TALKERS around here (no, I'm not insulting you, I promise I'm not).....we've had a devoted person come here, tell us he's a DOER and has followed thru on that promise. I'm good with the guy all the way around. We are currently vetting you as a reporter here (noticed I voted support). You've done what you said you'd do. Journalism isn't always 'clean' or 'pretty' or 'easy', but we're all (the few of us, I mean) in this together and I feel like the guy is legit. --Bddpaux (talk) 21:42, 5 September 2017 (UTC)


Name: Agastya Chandrakant
Location: Mysore, India
Areas of interest: Sports, Science and technology, Crime and law, Politics and conflicts, ... basically, almost everything, honestly.
Reason: To be able to conduct formal interviews, and cover some local news.
Accomplishments: I have four ORs, and created over 150 news articles which were published.
Contact information: acagastya AT outlook com
User ID: 1526439
Applied on: 21:27, 26 March 2017 (UTC)


  • Hi Acagastya, I am glad that you are volunteering to be a reporter. Please answer several questions inline. :) --Gryllida (talk) 23:11, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
    • Local original reporting in person is perhaps best done with one person doing the photography and another taking notes. Do you have a peer who would be willing to help? --Gryllida (talk) 23:11, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
    • What news or events are of interest for you to attend in the future? (Some reporters are known to use their accreditation to enter parliament or sports events or competitions in the past; it would be interesting to know which ones you would be targeting.) --Gryllida (talk) 23:11, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
    • Have you performed any interviews before (perhaps by passing them to an existing Wikinewsie reporter if the interview target is not responsive)? I recall a controversial topic on the Chinese Traditional Medicine; while I quite liked it and the enthusiasm, it seemed too challenging to cover in a relevant neutral way. Have we got anything else as an example? --Gryllida (talk) 23:11, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
  • About photography, I do not have any peer to help me photograph, and even if I had, I would not want to. There is a reason behind this. The peer will be the author of those photos. Those photos should be licensed under a Creative Commons license. I have tried to explain my friends about CC license many times, and every single time, 1) they would not understand 2) are not willing to listen and understand the license 3) are bored 4) have a problem with commercial use term. I am interested in photography, and I believe I can manage taking photos and notes, though it will not be easy, but it is better to obtain photos under CC license that the author allowing the photos to be released under CC license just because he or she wants me to stop telling about the terms of the license. (Just in case if anyone wants to see some of my photographs, visit this link; but I do not shoot humans frequently)
  • I have covered almost every kind of (sports, politics and conflicts, science and technology, disasters and accidents, obituaries, culture and entertainment, crime and law ...). But my ORs were focused on politics and conflicts and crime and law. In India, I will get opportunity to cover articles on crime and law and politics and conflicts more than any other category, which becomes my primary focus. I would be happy to cover other events from the other category as well, if I get an opportunity.
  • Yes, I have interviewed few civilians for my ORs. I recorded an interview (for India discontinues ₹500, ₹1000 denominations; releases ₹2000 and new ₹500 bills) and sent to scoop and Pi zero. Another interview was for Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan, I left the notes on the talk page of the article.
    acagastya 21:30, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the answers. One more question, what would you use accreditation for, if approved? What kind of events would you primarily target? --Gryllida (talk) 23:12, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
@Gryllida: As I said, I would be happy to cover events from various category, but, Crime & law and Politics & conflicts will be my primary target, as that is the easiest one to find and follow. (And about the licensing, they are impatient, and would not listen after a while. If someone approaches me to know about it, I will explain them, but it is clear that it is pointless to explain to everyone. After all, the don't know what is copyrighted, what accounts for copyright violation and what is fair use or commercial use. They think photography starts and ends with someone seeing a subject and pressing the button and don't want to know anything more than that for a simple[sic] task like photography.)
acagastya 12:45, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Having picked a theme to focus on has an advantage: that particular thing is exposed in depth, continuously, which helps to gather a group of people around it who read the news and help to report them.
"Crime & law and Politics & conflicts" is OK as the theme. Please keep it up. :-)
Is it in a particular geographical area or internationally? --Gryllida (talk) 02:01, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
@Gryllida: I would not be going abroad anytime soon. So, it will India. Since my college is in a different state and my home is in other state, It depends where I am. I can't specify a particular geographic area. But the primary target is Crime & law and Politics & conflicts in India, let it be central or state level.
acagastya 05:46, 20 April 2017 (UTC)


  • Support I see no problem here. (And please keep trying to explain licensing to a friend slowly, it's a challenging task :-).) --Gryllida (talk) 23:11, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Support I think you've tried to hang around here and help out quite a bit! Journalism (and people's perception of it) requires a lot of patience and tenacity! --Bddpaux (talk) 17:26, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Support -- numbermaniac 08:03, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

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