Submissions:2019/Fighting Fake News with Real Information: Newspapers on Wikipedia
- Fighting Fake News with Real Information: Newspapers on Wikipedia
- Reliability of Information
Type of session:
We added and expanded numerous Wikipedia articles about existing newspapers, in an all-volunteer effort run with minimal funding. This project had several beneficial outcomes:
- Internet users will now more readily find Knowledge Panel results indicating how long a newspaper has existed, and other key information, when using Google or Facebook.
- Wikipedia readers will more readily find such information.
- Our approach may serve as a model for "content sprints" on Wikipedia, and for engaging and retaining new Wikipedia editors, especially through college courses.
- We began to build tools to measure our success which could prove useful to related efforts in the future.
The main WikiProject page is here: w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Newspapers
I submitted this to Wiki Conference NA last year, but was unable to attend: Submissions:2018/Fighting Fake News with Real Information: WikiProject Newspapers
Academic Peer Review option:
- Wiki Strategies
- 30 minutes
Preferred room size:
- 50 people (?)
Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:
- Yes, but at a smaller scale, and prior to the project's conclusion (lightning talks and unconference sessions at Wikicite 2018). I have presented more generally on Wikipedia and journalism at a number of conferences for more than a decade.
If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)
- Yes (I'd be especially open to repurposing it for a roundtable discussion on Wikipedia content sprints)