In the event of a breaking major story, we need to organize ourselves to give the best possible coverage.

First momentsEdit

Post an articleEdit

It is very important to initiate an article about the event before multiple people upload different articles at the same time. Go to the workspace and start your article. Consider publishing it at once so people see it (change {{develop}} to {{publish}}). Note that the only time you should publish an incomplete news article is in the event of breaking news.

Breaking news articles can be tagged by adding {{breaking}} to the top of the article. This is to advise readers that information can change quickly as more details emerge, and should be removed as quickly as possible.

List sourcesEdit

List your sources as soon as you find them. If you're hearing it on the radio or watching TV, use the {{original}} tag in the Sources section, then explain on the Talk page what you're listening to or watching, and what's being said.

Update the leadEdit

Update the lead story as soon as possible.

As the story unfoldsEdit

Find sourcesEdit

In the first moments of a major event we need sources as soon as possible.

Minimizing edit conflictsEdit

As the number of editors working on an article increase, edit conflicts become more frequent. There are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of an edit conflict.

  1. Divide the article into sections. You can divide the article into sections by adding ==Section title== above a section of text. To avoid an edit conflict, edit one section at a time.
  2. Write your additions somewhere else first, then add it to the article. In many cases, it is easier to make your additions to an article at another location before adding it to the frequently-edited article. The easiest way to do this is to open a blank text document on your computer using a text editor program. You can then copy that text into the article.

For new developments, start new articlesEdit

The main article can cover the primary event. However, for new developments - responses from political leaders, updates on casualty tolls, arrests etc - start new articles. Remember we're a news service, not an encyclopaedia, and we want to highlight new developments to our readers as soon as they're verified.

Renaming articlesEdit

Avoid renaming articles if at all possible since this may affect outside sources and newsfeeds who may be linking to Wikinews. This can be accomplished by choosing a headline for the story that is specific to the incident without being too detail-specific because of its breaking nature.

After a several hours have passed from an initial report, any major updates to an original story that was factually accurate at the time of writing, should be started as a new "update"-type story. An older story should not be overhauled and renamed for an update.

Sometime as a story develops, articles with wrong information in the headline may need to be renamed. In the case of renaming, any redirects must be updated, as people will have posted the URL on other websites. Go to the redirect page created by the page move, and click "What links here" on the toolbox on the left. Change all existing redirects to point to the new title.

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