Wikinews talk:Style guide

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Discussions which have been implemented in the style guide have been refactored out. Please create a new section to discuss new changes and ideas.

  • 15 May 2005
    • Title Capitalization poll, reference vs. source, date vs. dateline vs. byline, date format and templates, use of subpages, use of fullstops in abbreviations, non-internet reference/original notes, names/titles of people, POV issues, spelling, sections, currencies, wide range of updates w/o discussion and w/discussion, citing wires.

From Talk:China detains and beats mourners for Zhao Ziyang[edit]

In an article, the use of links are defined as follows:

  • See also
    • Links to related Wikinews, Wikipedia articles, Wikisource documents, Commons and Upload files
  • Sources (used in article)
    • Online articles or sites - these are by nature ephemeral and may change, move, or disappear
    • Witnesses and personal observations - these are elements of Wikinews:Original reporting and should be archived online under [[Talk:Article name/Notes]]
  • References
    • Texts - should be cited using Author, Title of work, Publisher, copyright and year of publication, ISBN if available
    • Periodical artical (Journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.) cite Author, Title of article, Title of periodical, Volume and/or issue, Publisher, additional identifying characteristics if known.
  • External links
    • Online articles or sites which contain related subject matter. Wikinews does not take any responsibility for nor imply support or a relationship with external sites

Article length[edit]

See discussion about this at Wikinews:Water_cooler/policy#Minimum_length_of_articles_and_breaking_news

Song titles[edit]

Is there any particular reason why the style guide insists on using italic text for the names of songs versus quotation marks, e.g., Bohemian Rhapsody vs. "Bohemian Rhapsody"? This seems to be contrary to general usage in North American and UK writing. Wikipedia also goes with this usage. I'm unsure about the usage in other national varieties of English, but this seems to be a strange outlier rule we use here. —chaetodipus (talk · contribs) 07:08, 5 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I genuinely don't care what the enwp says in their MOS, and we had this discussion back in 2018, where SVTCobra said tha felt odd -- though we concluded, there are different styles of doing and there is no convincing reason to shift. The advantage of continuing was overall consistency with other form of media -- and that is a good idea, imo.
•–• 08:19, 5 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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Recognising the role factcheck articles play in many news organisations' content, I propose Wikinews allow there be 'analysis' articles. Not OR or synthesis, which certainly incorporate elements of original research & layout, but rather taking apart an issue, cutting it into FAQs and verifying contentious remarks. In short, this is synthesising and verifying existing remarks without necessarily a focal point.

Ex of questions for trend in Country X that wouldn't necessarily make a full story (unemployment is high; crime spike; Covid cases):

Why? / What about Country Y, Country Z? / What have politicians done about it? / What have the government promised? / What has the opposition said?

This, I understand, will benefit people looking toward longer, more holistic articles with more context than anything. --JJLiu112 (talk) 05:23, 3 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JJLiu112: Apologies for the delayed comment. I think this is an interesting idea that is worth exploring, given that we need to breathe new life into Wikinews. My guess is that you were thinking of something like Fact-checking Boris Johnson's claim about refugees, where the BBC takes a current matter and looks at the surrounding issues? If so, I fully support this idea. If not, please could you clarify your suggestion? [24Cr][talk] 20:01, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, exactly. I was thinking of citing them, but I know great examples too as long-form articles, for example by France 24 and JJLiu112 (talk) 20:16, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Then I fully support this. Can you write up a proposal for voting on at the Water Cooler? [24Cr][talk] 20:20, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Seconded, think this is a good idea. LivelyRatification (talk) 22:10, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]