Wikinews:Water cooler/assistance

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Interviews and focal events[edit]

Please assist Sorry if this is too elementary but I like contributing here and I feel like I still don't have a good grasp on the copy and professionalism needed to write good news. With our sister projects, it's a little easier since everything is a work in progress and collaboration is assumed but here there are deadlines (even if some are slightly artificial) and there are expectations regarding the public interest, professional ethics, etc. That having been said, I would love to do some original interviews for the site but do I always have to have a specific focal event? For instance, if I were speaking to an academic about language death, that is a process which by definition has been "on-going" for millennia. Does something in particular have to hit the news cycle to publish this conversation now? What about a musician who toured with a popular act in the 1990s? Surely, he could have insights into how the industry functions today even if most of his anecdotes will be 20 years old. Thanks for indulging me. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:55, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi. That's a good question, and fortunately the answer is simple: A decent interview with an interesting somebody can become its own focal event. Wikinews:Newsworthiness#Freshness discusses this to some degree. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 22:00, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
@Blood Red Sandman: So if I understand correctly, then as long as the interview is sufficiently factual, interesting, and professional, it is de facto newsworthy even if there is no particular event "in the news" as such? —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:11, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
Pretty much. The interview itself is the event in the news. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 22:12, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

@wikinews on Twitter is dead[edit]

Anyone know why @wikinews on Twitter is dead? No action since November 1. I had assumed it was running on a script, as it would tweet almost routinely 30 minutes after an article was published. (Or another amount of time, I forget, but it was slower than the IFTTT script that sends me new articles to post manually on Facebook.)

5K people isn't much of a loss, but it's something. It would be good to have the account back. -- Zanimum (talk) 00:05, 18 February 2017 (UTC)