Japanese Wikinews celebrated her first anniversary today on July 14.
Her sitenotice says "日本語版ウィキニュースは1周年を迎えました。" (Japanese Wikinews comes
to her first anniversary)
# If you feel it as problematic as Qur'an, feel free to contact us.
According statistics, there is 1071 pages in main namespace, 501
registered users and 9 admins including 2 bureaucrats. In my
impression, all active contributors are registered and around 80
articles are submitted by month.
As pointed out recently, her community is still small and need to
further growth. An user Peka analyzed Erik Zachte's statistics and
found some interesting points.
- Among 500 registered user, only 3.2% of editors (= 4 people) did its
75% of edits in a year, additional 5% of editors (=6 people) made
11.8%. (aph: It would suggest her frequent editors are equal to the
group of active admins. ). On the contrary 52% of editors made one or
two edits. This group is the biggest in population and their edits
shared 1% of all edits in this year .
- In her early stage, till November, around 100 articles were
submitted by month. Since last November the average number of
submitted articles per month decreased to around 50-80 (avg. 64);
after then, no standing change has occurred and the number of articles
has been constantly growing.
- Among articles by country, articles concerning Japan are biggest in
number (679 art.). Articles on USA(86 art.) and China (PRC) (40 art.)
are next. By region, next to Japan alone (on Japanese Wikinews, Japan
is treated not as country but also region due to its gravity of
interest), Asia except Japan & Middle East (191 art), Europe (141 art)
and North America (101 art) seems editors' interest. Oceania including
Australia and South America are in opposition of those "favorites"
regions. Unlike to English versions, Middle East is not frequently
focused - it covered less frequently than Africa. In Japan, Tokyo is
focused most among 47 prefectures, next Osaka and Okinawa are covered.
It is remarkable Akita prefecture is the 5th most focused, which is
usually considered not so a heavily press interest, and it is easily
understandable one of most active editors is living in that
Details are found at:
It will be a challenge for Japanese Wikinews to get more people
involved, both inactive editors and newcomers. For involving the
latter group, a new project has recently started on meta how to
introduce Wikipedia editors who are interested in contributing
breaking news to Wikinews editing.
Another challenge would be printable version though, there is no plan
of periodical issuing except a proposal of "year book".
Btw, Spanish version seems to be more active than the global audience
tend to think imo. They have issue a printable version weekly iirc.
email: Aphaia @ gmail (dot) com
About some 8 months ago I started with an attempt to bring news with a
newsletter "Wikizine". I try to bring different types of news like
"Foundation", "Community", "Media" , "Technical news" and so.
So I bring the news for the Wikimedia family like Wikinews is bringing
news to the world.
I am writing this fist of all to ask for your cooperation with this
newsletter. To be able to report news first the news must be known.
"The Water cooler" is one of the pages I look for to find news about
Wikinews. But it can be that I do not notice something. Or, more
likely, it is not there to find. And especially if it is going on
other Wikinews language editions I will not find out about it.
So I request that if there is news about your project, especially for
the non-English editions, that you would report the news to me, to
Wikizine. Let the readers of Wikizine know there is more then
A way to make it more likely that someone will think about Wikizine is
to put a banner on your userpage or even better on a public page like
the "Water Cooler", also for the non-English Wikinews versions.;
On the other side I try to get the news downhill to as most of the
projects and especially languages as possible. Because of piratical
reasons Wikizine can only be in English. But it would be fantastic if
people would be willing to translate the news and share it with there
A total translation of Wikizine is great but also a lot of work. Maybe
only translating the most relevant news can be enough for starting.
You could work together across the different projects in the same
languages. By cross-project cooperation the work of translation can be
Just only subscribing to Wikizine only is also useful of course. Then
you at least are informed.
Reading Wikizine can by email. Just click here below and follow the
Or you can also read Wikizine from the website;
Thank you for reading this and I hope to receive some news from Wikinews!
The guy from Wikizine
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