Wikinews:IPC Nor-Am Cup

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Three Australian based Wikinews reporters, LauraHale, Hawkeye7 and Bidgee, will be traveling to Copper Mountain, Colorado, United States for the IPC Nor-Am Cup from December 10 to 14, 2012. This is the first stage in a process to get media accreditation for Sochi.

Why the success of this matters[edit]

The coverage of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain in December matters in terms of seeking Olympic and Paralympic media access for the 2014 Sochi Games. Winter reporting is different than summer sport reporting. It is almost exclusively outside. Weather is a challenge. Temperature is a challenge. For photographs, there are high contrast issues. We need to successfully demonstrate competency in this area in order to convince the Australian Paralympic and Australian Olympic Committee to give media accreditation.



  • A meeting with the WMF to explain the Paralympic project, and our efforts to secure Olympic accreditation; and
  • Hosting a Wikimedia meetup in Vail, Colorado.


  • 15 articles associated with winter Paralympic sport that relate to Australia on English Wikipedia nominated for GA by the end of the year;
  • Articles created about all notable (per WP:GNG) active members of Australia's Paralympic and Olympic ski and snowboard team members;
  • Updates to English Wikipedia articles for existing notable active members of Australia's Paralympic and Olympic ski and snowboard team;


  • Hosting a Wikinews workshop in San Francisco;
  • Hosting a Wikinews workshop in Denver; and
  • 10+ Wikinews articles of which at least 4 will be interviews, with at least 1 not being about an Australian.


  • 500 pictures uploaded to Commons for winter sport;
  • Audio versions of all interviews done uploaded to Commons for use outside Wikinews;
  • 20+ more of these pictures used on at least 20 articles in 2 or more languages for Wikipedia; and
  • Headshots of all Australian Paralympic team members competing.


  • 4 or more entries on Wiktionary improved related to wintersport where our pictures can be used.


San Fransisco[edit]

Nov-27 to Nov-30 San Francisco

Meetups and workshops[edit]

  • Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Peet's Coffee and Tea, 1 Ferry Building, Shop 43, San Francisco, CA 94111

Two Wikimedians from Australia are stopping in to San Francisco on their way to Colorado as part of their efforts to get Olympic and Paralympic media accreditation for the 2014 Winter Games. (Hence a weekday evening.) Anyone is welcome to attend, and can learn about what Wikinews, general sport reporting on Wikimedia projects, and socialise.

Will be there
Interested, keep informed
Unable to attend


Dec-1 to 3-Dec-3 Denver

Meetup and Workshop[edit]

  • Date: December 2, 2012
  • Location: Tattered Covers in the cafe, 2526 East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street, Denver
  • Time: 1pm
Will be there
Interested, keep informed
Unable to attend


Dec-4 to Dec-16 Vail

Original reporting[edit]

Given the potential for fast paced, breaking news being written over a sustained period of time, a dropbox folder has been created to facilitate sharing of notes, video, audio and other materials to be used in original reporting. If you would like access to this folder, please contact LauraHale with an e-mail address she can use to give you access to on dropbox. Beyond the original reporting being done directly on Wikinews by LauraHale, Hawkeye7 and Bidgee, these materials can be used by other reporters on Wikinews to write original reporting, or original reporting combined with synthesis reporting, to write about the IPC Nor-Am Cup. Any and all original reporting using notes and materials provided by the reporters on the ground will be appreciated.

If you are new to Wikinews, please read Wikinews:Original reporting, Wikinews:Style guide and Wikinews:Content guide to get an idea of how to write a Wikinews article.

Pictures and other media[edit]

There are no restrictions on uploading and licensing.


Information on the event can be found at Disabled Sport USA with event checking in on Kokopelli's Trail, Copper Mountain Conference Center at 9am on 9 December. IPC details are available on their website.


Because the goal is to publish one to three original reporting stories a day, there is a very real need to have several approved reviewers available to review articles. If you can commit to reviewing articles during the IPC Nor-Am Cup, please put your name below. If you do not have reviewer rights but can comment on collaboration pages regarding original reporting notes supporting text, neutrality, following the manual of style AND/OR make changes to articles to speed the reviewing process along by fixing errors in those area, please do sign up in the copyeditor section. Assistance is appreciated. We cannot do this successfully with out support from Wikinews' reviewers.

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