Culture at WikiTribune

Project: Culture is dedicated to providing and discussing quality coverage of topical cultural events on WikiTribune. For related Projects go to ‘See Also’ below. Guidelines, tips, and ideas are all mutable so please edit and improve. You can pitch ideas on the TALK page, or for more topical issues, on the Daily News Agenda.

Rough guidelines and tips:

  1. Avoid partisan reporting. Let the reader take what they want away from the article.
  2. Just because a subject comes across in a negative/positive light, does not mean coverage is ‘skewed’. Reporting on the facts is very different from steering the reader towards a conclusion. We should always aim to do the former, and not think of how the subject may end up being perceived subjectively in the eyes of the reader.
  3. Link to your sources, especially when making a statement about an event or something someone said.
  4. This is a given for all of our articles, but is particularly crucial for articles about culture: Never present anyone’s opinion as facts. In the event that an author includes a personal opinion, it must be clearly stated as such, with the person’s expertise in the area explicitly presented.
  5. When referencing cultural venues, etc., use the full descriptions the first time they’re mentioned. Do not use vague terms e.g. the gallery, the concert hall etc. This improves accuracy and avoids ambiguity. The same goes for artists, writers, etc. – include their position or job title when they are first mentioned in an article. Capitalise job titles but descriptions can be lowercase e.g. Maestro Bernard Haitink KBE later becomes the maestro.

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