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Comments, ideas, suggestions[edit]

Please use this space to suggest improvements. Thank you! -Aradhanar 21:18, 2 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Didn't Sue Gardner used to work in journalism? Perhaps she would be a good person to draft this publication? --Bodnotbod 11:45, 17 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Yes she did. I am planning to request her attention when the content is more fleshed out. I think there is still a lot of work to be done on this one. -Aradhanar 17:14, 17 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I am not sure about the overall context of the publication. How much does it have to explain general things (structure of WM world, editing basics), and how much can it concentrate on journalist-related items? I would prefer the latter, so that you can give to a journalist a general and a special(ist) publication.--Ziko 13:45, 18 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Help needed[edit]

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Review comments[edit]

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[From Mathias Schindler:]

  • Create an associated leaflet for photo journalists and cover the following points:
    • Licenses
    • Attributions
    • Creative Commons
  • Aspects of different language version

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  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia: Anyone, including journalists, may contain

read and draw inspiration. A good Wikipedia article will help enabled journalists, succumbed to their solid work. To avoid accident advice here on the border of generality. 1st Не доверяй, а проверяй A good Wikipedia article contains individual documents: Do not, Wikipedia trust and look rather to the sources. A poor individual items without receipts earned certainly not Confidence.

  • 2a. Version History

On each article is a link with its "Version History" Information which puts the contribution provided in the article. Ever two versions can be compared. Check to see whether agencies are particularly controversial.

  • 2b. Talk page

For each item can be discussed on a dedicated page. Controversial sections are there before, during, or after changes discussed and you are looking for better formulations, sources or other views.

  • 2c. Other languages

In addition to German, there are 250 different language editions. Article are in other languages on the same subject in the left sidebar linked. Monolingualität is no excuse: more than 50 languages translated into German - mostly rather crude, the Sense remain stored and ready for Faktoidkontrolle

  • Re-use of texts outside of the retail citation requires the

Compliance of licensing

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Material from various sources[edit]

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Sections in Using Wikipedia[edit]

The brochure Using Wikipedia touch on similar stuff. This is the outline of that brochure:

  1. 2 Title
  2. 3 Content
  • 3.1 [Frontcover]
  • 3.2 Introduction

o 3.2.1 Different ways to use Wikipedia o 3.2.2 How articles evolve o 3.2.3 Observing the evolution of an article o 3.2.4 How contributors improve Wikipedia o 3.2.5 Evaluating the quality of an article o 3.2.6 What to do with articles of poor quality? o 3.2.7 Citing Wikipedia

  • 3.3 Conclusion
  • 3.4 Answer key to Try it! [Inner side of the back cover]
  • 3.5 [Back Cover]
  1. 4 Resources

Material from David Gerard's bingo card[edit]

The Wikipedia/Wikimedia Press Coverage Bingo Card.

The competition[edit]
  • Encyclopedia Britannica is far superior to Wikipedia
  • Knol will kill Wikipedia
  • Citizendium will kill Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia is dying
  • Andrew Orlowski will kill Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia is in cahoots with Google for page rank
  • Wikia is Wikipedia
  • Google owns Wikipedia now
  • Wikipedia is a socialist conspiracy
  • Yahoo owns Wikipedia now
  • Wikipedia is a capitalist conspiracy
  • Wikipedia runs Wikileaks
  • Microsoft Bing owns Wikipedia now
Misconceptions about Wikipedia[edit]
  • Administrators control all articles personally
  • Wikipedia is closed to edits now
  • Jimmy Wales approves all Wikipedia articles personally
  • Wikipedia thinks Article X should be deleted
  • Wikipedia is hiring editors
Bad news[edit]
  • All schools everywhere forbid Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia will destroy civilised writing
  • Wikipedia contains errors! No-one should use it
  • Wikipedia must run advertising or it will die
  • Wikipedia is public domain
  • Wikipedia Foundation UK


Material from Stephen Walling's presentation[edit]

Wikipedia for Journalists & Bloggers - Presentation Transcript

  1. 1.WIKIPEDIA FOR JOURNALISTS & BLOGGERS A guide to the world’s largest encyclopedia.
  2. 2.HOW TO USE WIKIPEDIA One notion: Wikipedia should be the first place you look, but never the last. As a collaboratively-written secondary source that cites the work of journalists (among other things), it’s risky and often inappropriate to cite Wikipedia as source.
  3. 3.APPEAL TO AUTHORITY “Wikipedia will give you the questions you should ask, not the answers.”
  4. 4.THE TRUTHINESS FACTOR Should you be using it at all?
  5. 5.REACTION ...or overreaction “We have a written rule inside the company that forbids any journalist using Wikipedia.” Pierre Lesourd, London Bureau Chief of the AFP
  6. 6.REALITY • Journalists and bloggers use Wikipedia every day. • Hundreds of articles every year cite it as a source, including those from 50 of the top 100 newspapers in America (Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source).
  7. 7.THE PROBLEM Journalists and bloggers regularly use a resource that is uneven in quality, but one that they are not fully equipped to assess. • Danger to readers in inaccurate information. • Danger to news organizations in lost credibility. • Danger to content producers in professional repercussions.
  8. 8.THE SOLUTION Provide journalists and bloggers with the tools to more easily evaluate the contents of Wikipedia, just as they would any traditional source.
  9. 9.FINDING WHAT YOU WANT ...out of 2.8 million articles.
  10. 10.SEARCHING
  11. 11.BROWSING
  12. 12.MORE THAN JUST ARTICLES • Overviews of Wikipedia • Featured content • Portals • Spoken articles • Lists • Timelines • Glossaries • Alphabetical indices • Categorical indices
  13. 13.SPECIFIC QUESTIONS Manned 24/7 by Wikipedians Shortcut WP:RD
  14. 19.EVALUATING CONTENT Understand the structure Determine stability Gauge quality Find additional resources Acquire context from the community
  15. 20.1. UNDERSTAND THE STRUCTURE An honest analysis of Wikipedia cannot divorce the content from the software and the community.
  16. 26.THE FIVE PILLARS Wikipedia:Five pillars Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Wikipedia must have a neutral point of view. Wikipedia is free content. Wikipedia has a code of conduct. Wikipedia does not have firm rules.
  17. 31.NAMESPACES About a dozen in total, but four are crucial to a qualitative analysis of Wikipedia’s content. • Main (articles) • Wikipedia (project) • User • Talk (discussion)
  18. 32.2. DETERMINE STABILITY Before you dive in, find out what level of flux the content is currently in. Articles should always be checked for vandalism, and those enduring edit wars should be treated with even greater skepticism.
  19. 33.HISTORY • Nota namespace, but a tool accompanying every page • Often overwhelming to look at, but critical for evaluation of articles
  20. 34.FILTERING
  21. 37.3. GAUGE QUALITY • Bad news: Wikipedia is wildly irregular. • Good news: Wikipedia “seems to hold more consistent and constant standards across the board”
  24. 40.RED FLAGS
  25. 41.4. FIND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES • Wiki links • References/Footnotes/Sources • External links • See also • Interwiki links
  26. 42.5. ACQUIRE CONTEXT “Like journalism, Wikipedia offers a first draft of history, but unlike journalism’s draft, that history is subject to continuous revision.” (Roy Rosenzweig)
  28. 44.CONFLICT IS YOUR FRIEND Pay close attention to the man behind the curtain.


Material from Jay Walsh's presentation[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation - Wikipedia and journalism - Presentation Transcript

  1. 1.Embracing Wikipedia: More than a research tool Sept 2009 Jay Walsh, Head of Communications
  2. 2.Ahead
    1. A little about Wikipedia
    2. The five pillars of Wikipedia
    3. Awareness and reality
    4. Is Wikipedia news?
    5. Find the story
    6. Best practices
  1. 3.your presenter Me
  2. 4. The Wikimedia Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs Wikipedia.
  3. 5.Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in history:
    1. 2 billion+ words
    2. 14 million+ articles
    3. 4 million+ images
    4. 250+ languages
    5. 5 th most visited website (comScore June 2009)
  4. 6.Wikipedia Global Traffic /28 Source: comScore Select information sites, monthly unique visitors
  5. 7.Wikipedia as platform
    1. Five Pillars
    2. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
    3. Wikipedia has a neutral point of view
    4. Wikipedia is free content
    5. Wikipedia has a code of conduct
    6. Wikipedia does not have firm rules
  6. 8.Wikipedia as platform - "Wikipedia's present power structure is a mix of anarchic, despotic, democratic, republican, meritocratic, plutocratic, and technocratic elements."
  7. 9.Common questions
    1. Do we control search (google) prominence?
    2. Is anyone paid to edit?
    3. Who takes responsibility? Who is in charge?
    4. Who pays for this?
  8. 10.Wikipedia as the journalist’s friend real-time knowledge free resources dramatic depth stories within the stories
  9. 14.[Citation needed] If you use content from Wikipedia, you may need to cite it. All text, CC-BY-SA creative commons BY (cite author/s) Share alike Images, may be CC-BY-SA Public domain (PD) GFDL Copyright / fair use Click the image, read carefully /28
  10. 15.Wikipedia as platform
    1. Caveats
    2. Eternal memory
    3. Ultimate transparency
    4. Active and defensive editors who are linked by common principles and beliefs.
  11. 16.Finding story in WP
  12. 17.Start in the ‘talk’ or ‘discussion’ page
  13. 18.‘ history’ is where the real story happens
  14. 19.‘ history’ is where the real story happens
  15. 20.Wikipedia and best practices No one is ‘excluded’ from editing in Wikipedia. No one is excluded from being banned or reverted. No one is truly in total control of the platform.
  16. 21./24 Is Wikipedia news?


Material from Frieda Brioschi's presentation[edit]

  1. Projects at a glance
  2. How do they work?
  • basis of how various groups and organizations operate.
  • it is typified by communal management, and open access to the information or material resources needed for projects.
  • decisions being made by some form of consensus decision-making or voting.


  • website using wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages within the browser.
  • Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.


  1. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software (in 1995) , WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as " the simplest online database that could possibly work. "
  • "Wiki" is a Hawaiian word for "fast".
  • “ So in the beginning, anybody could edit Wikipedia.
  • And then anybody could edit Wikipedia.
  • And as of tomorrow, anybody can edit Wikipedia.”
  • Jimmy Wales

Open editing model

  • No editorial staff
  • No paid writer
  • No publisher
  • No a priori control


  • 271 language editions of Wikipedia
  • 15 157 232 articles (3 214 283
  • 22 401 021 users (11 830 815
  • Wikipedia's latest month rank: 5 (according to ComScore) Numbers

  1. Wikimedia Foundation
  • To empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally .
  • In collaboration with a network of chapters , the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge , in perpetuity .


  • Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment.


  • Freedom
  • Accessibility and quality
  • Independence
  • Commitment to openness and diversity
  • Transparency
  • Our community is our biggest asset


  • “ to bring free knowledge to the planet, free of charge and free of advertising.”

In concrete terms

  1. Funding
  • 2000-2002: Bomis donated bandwith and servers
  • 2003-now: you!


  2. 2007/2008/2009 Fundraising
  3. 2007/2008/2009 Fundraising
  4. 2007/2008/2009 Fundraising
  5. 2007/2008/2009 Fundraising
  6. 2007/2008/2009 Fundraising
  7. Donors statistics
  8. Expenses
  9. Revenues
  10. Reasons for success
  11. Employees vs page rank (,, GameSpot) CBS Interactive 2080 10 ( Ask Network ?? 9 (Amazon, Alexa, iMBD, Kindle) Amazon Sites 21,000 8 (eBay, Paypal, Skype) eBay 15,500 7 AOL AOL LLC 8000 6 (Wikipedia, Wiktionary) Wikimedia 34 5 (Facebook) Facebook 1000 4 (Hotjobs, Flickr , etc) Yahoo! 14000 3 (MSN, Hotmail, etc) Microsoft 93000 2 (YouTube, Blogger, etc) Google 20000 1 (subsidiary sites) company employees Ranking
  • Strong mission
  • Shareable core values
  • from .com to .org
  • medium quality contents, still growing toward high quality
  • answers to common needs (knowledge, free of charge, always available, ..)
  • fragile

Why Wikipedia?

  • Very fast growth: Wikipedia was born in 2001 and now it contains more than 15 million articles (Encyclopædia Britannica was first published in 1768 and has 120,000 articles)
  • The number of contributors can be potentially infinite
  • It’s completely free of charge
  • Anyone can fix errors or update an article very quickly

Key features

  • Startup phase: 2001-2003
    • No funding model
    • Experimental phase
  • 2003: Wikimedia Foundation
  • 2004: first fundraising & first grant
  • 2005: chapters & first business agreement


  1. Trademark
  2. [email_address] All texts from Wikipedia are cc-by-sa, logos are trademark of Wikimedia Foundation Inc.


Links to resources[edit]

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Moved language section here[edit]

Analyze a topic across languages[edit]

Ever wondered how a topic is interpreted in different parts of the world and across different languages? Use Wikipedia to get a global flavor of a topic. For example, what if for your current story you need a quick study about Nokia as company and its impact on the market. Would it not be interesting to read about it in both Finnish and English? Or how about an event that impacts many countries and topic has a potential to flame nationalist feelings, for example, a controversy during Olympics? The different interpretations could provide you leads to create a holistic story.

Wikipedia features more than 16 million articles in over 260 languages. (Data from July 2010) Note that all language Wikipedia are separate projects and articles are created independent of each other. Therefore, a topic can exist in one language but might not be available in another language Wikipedia. Also, since typically different editors contribute to article development, the same topic might cover different aspects across different language Wikipedia.

You can access other language Wikipedia by the following three steps:

  1. Go to your destination language Wikipedia

Start with the Main page of your preferred language Wikipedia. Check the left menu bar for the language Wikipedia you are looking for. If the language is not listed on the left menu bar, click Complete list for the entire list. To go directly to a particular language, click the language acronym listed under the column Wiki. For example, the Italian Wikipedia can be accessed by clicking it or by typing in your browser if you know the language acronym for that particular Wikipedia.

  1. Check if the topic exists in other languages

Type the topic in the Wikipedia Search textbox. Then hit enter. If the article exists, the article page will open up. If the article does not exist for that language, a red url will appear at the top of the search results.

  1. Translate

If the topic exists, copy the entire page and use any online translation tools to get an understanding of the core messages conveyed in that page.

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Informations for reuse of Wikipedia contents[edit]

Hi, I am missing some informations, how Wikipedia content can be reused adequately by journalists. Maybe this is a local matter, but in Germany journalists not only get informations on Wikipedia, but reuse its contents (text and images), often without a basic understanding of what free licences are and how they can be handled in practice. Source exmaple [1] (de). Greets, -- 16:05, 26 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Good suggestion. I'll take a look at it, unless you want to add it yourself. This brochure is nowhere near finished.//Hannibal 17:49, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Number of Wikipedias[edit]

Hello Nevinho, it is by purpose that the number of Wikipedias is not exact, because it would make the flyer soon dated. --Ziko (talk) 12:55, 18 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Useful study[edit]

2011 study finds that Wikipedia is most commonly used social media by European journalists: [2] -Pete (talk) 00:42, 11 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

To teach journalists[edit]

--> to teach journalists and other people in the media industry how to use Wikipedia's content in a responsible and effective way ????? Most of the Wikipedia content is a copy and citation of journalists works. Actually Wikipedia should pay to journalists and invite them to teach Wikipedia how to use News Media's content in a responsible and effective way. -- Ly Khuon, Singapore.