How to get started at WikiTribune

  1. It is less important how you start, than that you start!

[Note: This is a page of tips for people who are interested in WikiTribune but aren’t sure how to get started.  Please edit it and add to it as you think of any ideas!]

1. Don’t be afraid to contribute.

One of the great things about a wiki is that a small new article of just a couple of sentences can inspire others to jump in and help.  The idea that you have to go off and write a masterpiece and send it in for review is dead. Just find a topic that interests you and start typing away!

2. Keep the audience in mind.

We hope to reach a large and broad audience with our articles, so writing pieces with them in mind is of utmost importance. This means trying our best to write factually and clearly, to avoid unexplained jargon, and to provide context where needed. This also means you don’t have to worry about whether your topic is “newsworthy” enough. If what you’re writing about interests you, it’s sure to interest someone else.

3. Back up every fact with a reliable source.

WikiTribune strives to be better than any outlet that makes assertions without proving them.  We want everything we say to be accurate and verifiable.  This means either linking to a reliable source, or crafting our own source (e.g. an interview) with proof that we aren’t taking something out of context (e.g. audio, transcripts, etc.).

Some small (but important) ways you can contribute:

  • Leave a talk page comment if you see something that could be improved
  • Fix a spelling error or improve a sentence
  • Once you are ‘autoconfirmed’ (a few days after your account is created), go to ‘pending edits’ and review some edits that others have made and accept them if they are good
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