en.Wikinews has completed the process of selecting its first Arbitration
Committee, and I'd like to take a moment to congratulate the 6 ArbCom
We have great hopes they've been elected to a sinecure with no duties or
tasks (or pay, so maybe not much of a sinecure), but kudos to them and
the other candidates!
The English Wikinews Arbitration Committee elections for 2006; are soon to
end (Jan 31st 2000 UTC). Please cast your vote now.
NB: In order to vote, you need to have been an active user on the English
Wikinews for more than a month, and you must have at least 200 edits.
The following people are running:
1: Craig Spurrier
2: Ilya Haykinson
7: Elliot K
The candidates with the most support will be appointed to the 5 open seats
on the committee.
~~Brian New Zealand
Jovana Milicevic and Goran Obradovic talked in tv show Mozaik(3rd channel of
IT magazine COM&GSM published an article about Wikipedia and Wikimedia
Serbia and Montenegro.
Weekly newspaper Vreme published article about serbian Wikipedia.
Jovana Milicevic speaked in the programe at radio B92 about Wikipedia.
In Youth center Dom omladine Belgrade Wikimedia Serbia and Montenegro, FSN
(Free Softver Network), LUG (Linux User Group) organized projection of the
movie Revolution OS (J.T.S. Moore), and there were almost 200 visitors.
First months of year 2006. were very succesful for Wikimedia SCG, especially
in media promotions.
First, at the last day of past year, in GNUzilla (electronic magazine
dedicated to free software) is published an article about Wikimedia SCG and
Wikipedia in serbian language.
Then at January 8, daily newspaper "Glas javnosti" published article "Free
competition-Wikipedia", comparing Wikipedia and Britanica, and Serbian
Wikipedia was mentioned.
January the 11th:
-Milos Rancic talked about the Wikipedia and Wikimedia at the channel two of
the Radio of Belgrade
January the 17th:
- Article about Wikipedia in daily newspaper Politika
- Jovana Milicevic talked about at the Art television
- On the Serbian television B92 site, in culture chapter, was placed the
news about Wikipedia promotion with comments
- The same promotion was announced on the site of the Belgrade
January the 18th:
- Milos Rancic talked on the radio B92
January the 19th:
- Platform about Wikipedia took place in Youth center Dom omladine
- Jovana's interviews were broadcasted on the radio Sajam and Radio of
- News about the platform published at the national television web site
January the 20th:
- Goran Obradovic speaked in the morning programe on the National television
- Jovana Milicevic speaked in the morining programe on the television
- Goran Obradovic and Nikola Smolenski talked for weekly newspapers Vreme,
and that interview will be published at Thursday 26th January
Wikimedia SCG meetings are taking place every Sunday in Youth center Dom
Wikinews will be hosting a second Interview of the Month
UTC on 23 January 2006, Danny O'Brien
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_O%27Brien) of the Electronic
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation) will be
interviewed live in IRC (irc://irc.freenode.net/wikinews), and you are
invited to attend and be a part of the action.
Danny O'Brien is the "Coordinator of Activism" at the EFF, which he came
to from a technology journalism career. He helped found the Open Rights
Group, amongst other digital and online rights activisms.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a U.S. ngo, with staff also in
Canada and the United Kingdom, focused on free speech rights in a
digital world. Focused on defending those rights as they are related to
technology, and educating the press, public, and policymakers about the
issues, EFF has taken a number of actions which put the spotlight on the
project recently: Sony BMG's CD protection issue, cracking the US
government's programme to have laser printers put tracking information
on every document they print, and publishing the Legal Guide for
Bloggers. They're also in the advocacy and lobby industry, and are
closely watching Broadcast Flag legislation in the US capitol which is
scheduled for debate on 24 January.
The Wikinews Interview of the Month is a program to give citizen
journalists the opportunity to be involved in interviews with news
makers. Research and questions are developed by everyone who wishes to
take part both before the interview (for this interview, you can get
and during the interview. As the interview progresses, questions may be
passed to the moderators who will try to squeeze in as many questions as
Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, and is produced in 19
I've received a reply to my message to the juiceenewsdaily.com
publisher, to keep everyone informed of what's happening. I replied
thanking him for his prompt attention to the matter, and looking forward
to reading his site.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: juiceenewsdaily.com
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 09:16:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Landon Howell <landon(a)bamassippi.com>
To: Amgine <amgine(a)saewyc.net>
Amgine, I'm out of town right now... so my assistant is posting the
articles. I will send him an email stating to do just so.
I apologize for the problem as I am a huge financial supporter of
Wikipedia/Wikinews. The error will be corrected within the next 48 hours.
Thank you for your understanding.
<snip copy of original message from me>
O&E - juiceenewsdaily.com
Owner - bamassippi.com
Before Jovana sends (in Monday) our weekly digest about events related
to Wikimedia SCG chapter, I want to say/ask a few things:
- I think that lists Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikinews and email to the
Board are good places for such informations. If someone thinks that
some list(s)/email(s) should be excluded/included, please, tell us
- In the last 7-10 days we had a lot of contacts with media, one
rostrum (I think that our dictionaries made correct translation :)
this is some kind of lecturer with debate after that) as well as our
regular meetings at Sunday with a lot of new people who are interested
in developing Wikipedia (in general, Serbian, but others, too) and
software for conversion (improvement of Zhengzhu's Chinese and Serbian
version and possibility to implement it not only for Serbian version
of MediaWiki, but, also for some others with similar needs).
- Thanks to Dragan Ambrozic, our vice president and professional in
event making, we have a lot contacts with media. I am surprised with
the number of journalists who contacted our PR Jovana and me. In
Friday we had 26 new registered users. I looked relations between
registered users and users with more then 10 edits and when 26 users
register accounts it means that we would have 3 Wikipedians more; if
we continue with such progression, we would have 100 new users per
month, very soon (to compare: the best month before was August 2005
with 26 new users; also, approximation for December 2005 was that we
would have 203 users at all!).
- People outside of the project like our idea very much, many of them
are willing to help in different ways. (Finally, we have the article
about Jimbo ;) ) And I can say that I am very happy because of recent
development: people who are not my close friends are calling me by
phone and they are saying "I heard about Wikipedia in the news!".
- It also should be noted that Wikimedia SCG is the first free
knowledge organization in Serbia and Montenegro. There are no such
organization in Serbia. And in this moment we are covering the hole
space related to free knowledge. (There are some organization which
promote open content, BUT they are doing that only because it is the
new way for getting money from sponsors.)
This concept, is frankly, apalling.
Under no circumstances should wikinews become a place for wikimedia to issue
Namespace seperation is a techinical solution. Read that as many times as it
takes until "technical" is so firmly ingrained in your brains that you realise
what it means. Technical. IE. Has nothing to do with politics, or how wikinews
is percieved. If wikimedia wants wikinews to be no better than a Chinese paper
then fine, go ahead, do that and watch it die. Simply because press releases are
delegated to another portion of the site does not hide the fact that they will
definately appear to be from wikinews itself and therefore be seen as official
wikinews news. Blatant POVism. Blatant. Corporations have a subpage for press
releases, why isn't that sufficient for wikimedia? Do you people _really_ think
this is going to help wikimedia popularity?
If you're a big PRC fan then I'll give you another example. The US's DoD has a
"news service" out now complete with it's own channel. Not surprisingly, no one,
not even many US soldiers, takes them as a factual news agency.
Wikinews as Wikimedia (and all others projects) press room is an idea
i shared with one member of the wikimédia french chapter in december.
He seemed interressed so i am asking to you if it's something to
think about or no ?
any comment about that ?
finaly admin on the french wikinews !