5 easy ways you can help WikiTribune

Since WikiTribune launched its pilot site, the team has had lots of people asking how they can help with its mission to fix the news. The organisation is keen to have as many WikiTributors as possible, so here is a post to help you find a way to contribute.

1. Write and edit articles

Become a community member by signing up for an account (WikiTribune will approve it as soon as possible), then get busy. Please note that you’ll need to use your real name (here’s why).

WikiTribune uses the WordPress CMS (content management system), which should be familiar to lots of you. If it isn’t, here’s a guide to getting started with our version of WordPress.

Some easy ways to get involved with writing and editing include:

  • Going into a published article and fixing a typo you’ve spotted
  • Adding an image (with the appropriate rights) where one is needed
  • Editing articles to comply with our style guidelines
  • Starting a new story about something you’re interested in. It’ll be approved by a member of the WikiTribune team before going live, so don’t worry about getting it perfect.

2. Share our stories

There are already lots of published news stories on the WikiTribune site. An easy way to collaborate is to share one that you enjoyed, or you think needs more collaborators, on social media or with friends and family.

The WikiTribune team also enormously appreciate retweets, Follow Friday shout-outs, and Facebook reviews.

3. Refer people to WikiTribune

If you know someone who’d make a great amateur journalist, has an eagle eye for spelling errors or just needs a reliable news source in their lives, please send them our way. The WikiTribune team would rather spend subscriptions on journalism than advertising, so word-of-mouth really helps.

Our journalists are particularly keen to increase our audience of women, marginalised groups, and people from beyond the western countries, so if you have a connection to a community, please tell them about WikiTribune.

4. Tell WikiTribune what you think of the pilot site

Honest feedback is the best way to improve WikiTribuneRead this Project where you can tell the team what you think about everything WikiTribune is doing, and please don’t hold back. Bugs, errors, things you like, things you don’t, suggestions, complaints, wild and effusive praise — it’s all welcome on the feedback Talk page.

5. Become a supporter

WikiTribune is free. There’s no paywall and there are no ads. But like any company, we need to pay our staff, hosting and running costs in order to keep going.

If you see a story you enjoyed, you learnt something or just want WikiTribune to succeed, please consider becoming a supporter. You can choose the amount, cancel at any time, or just contribute a one-off gift. Everyone is in agreement in wanting better news, but it’s action that makes the difference.

Enormous thanks for anything you choose to do for WikiTribune, from donating to retweeting. It’s appreciated by Jimbo and the entire team.

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