Global Affairs

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Project Global Affairs is dedicated to providing and discussing quality coverage of (you guessed it) global affairs 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.

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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. There are many ways to get primary sources for articles – in many places you have a legal right to request documents, or local government officials can be sought out at meetings.
  4. When citing coverage about new laws etc. link to an official website, rather than any secondary coverage.
  5. Whenever making a statement about an event, statistics, something someone said, or a policy, link to the source.
  6. This is a given for all of our articles, but is particularly crucial for articles about global affairs: 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.
  7. When referencing government departments, agencies and public bodies, use the full descriptions and initial capitals every time they are mentioned. Do not use more vague terms such as ”the justice department”, ”the immigration department” etc. This improves accuracy and avoids ambiguity. The same goes for politicians and civil servants – include their position or job title when they are first mentioned in an article. Capitalise job titles but descriptions can be lowercase e.g. President Ram Nath Kovind later becomes the president.

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