We at Wikinews would like board members to quickly give their response
to a new YouTube project for non-profits.
Broadcast Your Cause <http://youtube.com/nonprofits>
Our Wikinews Video project
<http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Video_2.0> would benefit highly
from something like this. And the good part is it will cost the
foundation or Wikinews nothing, and the first 300 agencies to sign up
get a free video camera.
What else is included?
Your Nonprofit channel (aka Wikinews) includes:
* Premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity
* Rotation of your videos in the "Promoted Videos" areas throughout
* The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout "Donate"
I guess I am asking, do we need permission to sign up?
Someone's taken the initative to launch our World News
Quiz in Spanish: the first non-English language to recieve
a World News quiz. I assume that this means that the
Quiz extension has been activated for all Wikinews editions,
so anyone with some knowledge of another language is welcome
to go ahead and start translating the quiz!
DISCLAIMER: I hold no official position in the Wikimedia
Foundation. This message expresses the views of a single
Wikimedia user and not necessarily the community at large.
Forwarding my message...
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ilya Haykinson <haykinson(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sep 24, 2007 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] wikinews and Knight News Challenge
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I'm finishing up a proposal to the Knight Foundation (details in the
next couple of days), but it's for the Knight's main funding process
and not for the News Challenge. The processes are similar, but the
News Challenge is meant to be easier.
Wikinews applied for last year's News Challenge and got pretty close
to being accepted (my understanding is that out of 1000 proposals
about 40 got funded, and we missed the 40 by a hair). I highly
recommend that if anyone has a good idea that they don't be shy and
write something up. If you need any help with your proposal please
feel free to run it by me.
On 9/24/07, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> On 9/24/07, Samuel Klein <sj(a)laptop.org> wrote:
> > I believe some wikinews-related groups applied last year...
> Ilya Haykinson is still actively working on a new project proposal,
> perhaps he can post a quick update.
> Toward Peace, Love & Progress:
Since this fell flat on scoop I'll forward it here minus email addresses. I
could do with some help on this one as entertainment isn't my forte.
From: Brian McNeil
Sent: 22 September 2007 10:27
Subject: FW: Interview
For those who hadn't a clue about this, Allan is one of the guys behind
http://www.omovies.com <http://www.omovies.com/> which has a few "viral"
Questions please! Watch the vids (If I haven't already spammed you with
links to them), these guys do good work (from the looks of it on a
As I've noted on [[WN:WC]] it may be problematic to interview Allan by
phone. Depending on timezone differences I may need to get someone else to
do the call. David? I can set you up with HotRecorder and Skype if you don't
already have them. This has the advantage of usually being cheaper than a
From: Allan Murray
Sent: 21 September 2007 20:10
To: Brian McNeil
Subject: Re: Interview
hey there, thanks brian!
do you do phone interviews as well, or is it e mail only?
On Sep 21, 2007, at 4:22 AM, Brian McNeil wrote:
I absolutely loved the Paris in jail video. Had me in stitches and the viral
bit is I keep thinking "My roommate's a woman named Mitch" and other such
gems from it.
I'm an accredited reporter with the Wikinews (http://en.wikinews.org)
website, a sister project to Wikipedia which the Wikimedia Foundation also
runs. As such I'd love to try and do an email interview with you about the
clips you've done and what your future plans are. It looks like you're doing
PR for being recognized as a guerrilla marketing and viral videos company -
I think your videos are interesting enough to merit a little news coverage,
and would appreciate a bit of your time.
Hello, you guys would like to input your idea ... I don't know Joschy
is on this list, so please give your comment on the page. Cheers,
== click-counter and other tools. ==
HI! My English is not very good. I´m from German Wikinews. 1. I got an
idea that other NEWS-Sites already realised. I mean counting the
clicks of an article. If we had such a tool we could see more faster
how often an article was opened. That would be a great tool in
Wikinews. I already got the answer that this tool is not availble
anymore because that would be too much for ther servers. Is that right
or is there an tool for that? 2. On other NEWS-Sites the Users can
rate the articles. Each User just one time (surely). could we get this
tool, too? I think with 5 stars. 3. on Other NEQWS-Sties the Users can
comment the articles. That functuion is already in the English
Wikinews realised but there is no automaally counter of the comments.
Do you understand my questions? -- Joschy 19:26, 17 September 2007
* habent enim emolumentum in labore suo *
Right im starting a proposal to team up with unis (Journalism and Media
departments) to get them to write some stories on wikinews in exchange for
our help in how to improve etc. This would be good for us because we could
improve our article count and maybe get more contributors and views. The
only thing we would have to do IMO is to help them out like normal and to
give feedback like usual with maybe and overall summary at the end
The page i've started is http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User_talk:Markie/Unis .
Please add your views thoughts to this page.
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Year: 2007 Week: 38 Special edition
An independent internal news bulletin
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=== Request for help ===
Almost two years ago I started with Wikizine. The very first message
send out about it was also a "special edition". That was to present
Wikizine, what it was all about.
This one now is not to explain what Wikizine is.
Wikizine is not totally unsuccessful. The number of readers has only
go up since its existence, slowly yes, but up nevertheless. The rare
feedback has been positive.
It was my intention to create a platform with Wikizine to bring
together the most relevant information, news, from all Wikimedia
projects and languages. I felt, and still do, that there is a need for
I hoped that after some time a network of reporters of the various
wikis, languages, projects, would form who could bring there news to
the larger community by means of Wikizine. And also that the would
people step up to join me in creating Wikizine.
This largely did not happened. In the last two years some people have
volunteered and helped with making Wikizine. But that where far to
few, who did not a lot and only for a to short time to have any real
Wikizine was and is still a one man show. I have made all editions
until now of Wikizine. I can not continue like this. It has become
more difficult with every edition for me to bring myself to get the
next one ready. The time it was fun is long gone. The frequency of the
editions has become more and more erratic. And the quality is falling.
I need people who are willing to work substantially on Wikizine. And
not only today but on the long term. Finding news, writing it in the
draft; constructing Wikizine. If you like to help please contact me;
walter AT wikizine.org
Request for help for Wikizine has been send out before, only not so
explicit like now. This is also the first time I send it to
The responds the previous times was always nearly zero. I do not
expect anything else this time. Surprise me.
The editor-founder of Wikizine
Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org
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validity and especially but not limited to,
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On Mon, 17 Sep 2007 22:45:32 -0400, Terin Stock wrote: >
Does Wikinews have a policy on how access rights should be granted?
> Shouldn't we have more than 1 level 30 user (kinda like
Coca-Cola)? > Should active administrator get higher ops access?
Should we do > community voting? (or am I just yapping about
nothing?) IRC is unofficial. The policy is basically anyone who a
person with the technically ability to make ops can, as long as no
one objects. There is no relation to ops status to status on wiki. I
will generally make anyone who is on IRC a lot and is a WMF admin (as
it is a pretty good clue as to trust) an op. While I may be the only
30 level user on #wikinews with any regularity many of the others are
easy enough to get in touch with if needed. SJ is often in other
channels and Xirzon and IlyaHaykinson are quick to respond to e-mail.
Of the people you listed in IRC right now nearly all of them have ops
or have refused ops when offered. -Craig Spurrier[[n:Craig
It has come to our attention that the access list of the #wikinews IRC
channel has become outdated. Many of our active Wikinews users (both on
wiki and in channel) do not have the proper access levels to respond to
But should any old Wikinews user come online, they have full ownership
of the channel. The current level 30 access on #wikinews is "alexws,
_sj_, CraigSpurrier, Chiacomo, Pechorin, Natterer, Dan100, Xirzon,
Amgine, IlyaHaykinson, Datrio, Ross_Koepke, mrmiscellanious". How many
are active in the channel on a daily basis? One (congrats Craig!). When
was the last time Amgine was around on the project? MrM, didn't he
retire two years ago? I've never met Ross_Koepke, and have no clue to
who Pechorin is.
What I do know is BrianNewZealand, Brianmc, ZJH, FellowWikiNews,
WM-Thunderhead, DragonFire1024, Pilotguy, and ironiridis. (If I missed
anyone who is active, I'm sorry, just grabbing active users from the
users currently signed on.)
Does Wikinews have a policy on how access rights should be granted?
Shouldn't we have more than 1 level 30 user (kinda like Coca-Cola)?
Should active administrator get higher ops access? Should we do
community voting? (or am I just yapping about nothing?)