Wikinews:Story preparation

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Some major events are expected e.g. the launch of a new product/film/book, a major sporting event, a court case, an election, or the death of a notable person. The stories we publish about these events are often largely composed of background information that is available before the event. Examples include:

Story preparation is a common practice in news media and quite essential to ensure rapid delivery of the story. However there have been mistakes in the past by major media (notably with US presidential election results e.g. DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.

We also have prewritten obituaries to enable a quick reaction when notable persons pass away. While it may appear tasteless it is common practice in the news media and because of Wikinews' open editing nature you are able to see them.

Story preparation helps to eliminate duplication of effort. Editors can collaborate on a single, common, prepared story rather than working separately on multiple, private, prepared stories.

Story preparation allows quick response. In the event of a story having two possible outcomes - e.g. a football match or election - writers can prepare two stories for the event.

Before participating in story preparation please note:

  • No story developed here is to be published until an official announcement has been made by the parties involved or a respectable source is found.
  • Please affix the {{prepare}} tag at the top of any prepared stories.
  • When adding categories, please place a colon (:) before the word Category; we don't want readers to come across the story when looking through the categories. Remove this when actually publishing.
  • When creating a story please develop it as a subpage to this page e.g. Wikinews:Story preparation/European Constitution Referendum in Portugal.
  • When adding to the list, specific events happening sooner go near the top, under the Specific events section (except for obituaries). For obituaries or non-specific events, such as eyewitness reports, place them in the correct section, or create a new one for it.
  • When publishing a story, rename the article to the main article namespace. Don't copy and paste it. This is important, because renaming a page conserves its history.

Specific events[edit]

Interview preparations[edit]

Please see WN:SOON for the stories we're preparing for the upcoming week.

All articles[edit]

All articles in the Story Preparation section can be found in one place:

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Entries in italics are redirects. Collaboration pages are at:

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Pending sources[edit]

For when the sources have not yet been printed/published/shown/released.

Article templates[edit]