Sorry I should have said “Todays’ Featured Article” (TFA), some of which get hundreds of thousands of page views in a 24 hour period. I was hoping to use it to encourage others in the local area to get involved.


I’ve drafted the attached & I’d welcome any suggestions for improvement, copyediting etc. I would be hoping to send this out to local media 7-10 days before the significant date.




From: Wikimediauk-l [] On Behalf Of Katherine Bavage
Sent: 18 February 2016 13:40
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Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] ? template press release for local press


Ahah! Somewhat better than the DYK I scored once!


This is awesome. Rod I'm happy to help with drafting a press release if you want? Also make sure you get WMUK to share on twitter as tbh thats where a lot of journos pick things up when they're trying to put together web or broadcast items of interest for the afternoon




On Thu, 18 Feb 2016 at 11:13 Richard Nevell <> wrote:



I'm not aware of such a press release, but I'll ask round the office.


TFA stands for Today's Featured Article. Each day the front page has a different article which has gone through Wikipedia's review processes and has been assessed as one of its best articles. You can spot Featured Articles by the little bronze star in the top right hand corner of the article.


When articles appear on the front page they typically see a big spike in reader numbers. So yesterday's TFA was seen by 37,000 people compared to its usual level of 250. TFA is the top left section on desktop view, and the first thing you see after the search option on mobile.




On 18 February 2016 at 10:51, Katherine Bavage <> wrote:

PS If NOT happy to work with people on the UK wiki to draft something :)


On Thu, 18 Feb 2016 at 10:50 Katherine Bavage <> wrote:

Pardon my ignorance - what's TFA? 


However, I echo the question as would be handy for the Leeds Art+Feminism event


On Thu, 18 Feb 2016 at 10:25 Rod Ward <> wrote:

Does anyone have a “template” press release they have used for the local press?

Bristol will be TFA on 7 March and I wondered if it would be worth putting out a press release to local papers etc to encourage more people to edit.


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