Submissions:2021/News On Wiki, Phase 2 complete; Future steps with ASU journalism school

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News On Wiki, Phase 2 complete; Future steps with ASU journalism school


Global & Local, Relationship Building & Support, Inclusion & Diversity, Depth & Breadth for Newer Editors

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Phase Two of the News On Wiki campaign, which improves wiki coverage of local newspapers, was conceived and launched at WikiConference North America in 2019. Starting early in the pandemic, we adapted to a purely online version of this campaign, and helped existing and new wiki editors build content related to Black owned newspapers, newspapers of Washington State, and newspapers of or about the Caribbean.

We had some of our most enthusiastic engagement from Arizona State University journalism professor Kristy Roschke, whose students researched and contributed to wiki content in all three areas. Going forward, we are refining our classroom approach to improve the fit between educational outcomes and on-wiki content generation.

Join campaign leaders Sherry Antoine, Pete Forsyth, and Prof. Roschke for a presentation on how this campaign has helped Wikipedia and the Internet in general provide better information about local newspapers, and our focus on content from local communities and demographics that are oat times overlooked by the public and by Wikipedia editors.

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Pete Forsyth, Sherry Antoine, Kristy Roschke

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Affiliated organization(s):

News On Wiki, Wiki Strategies, Walter Kronkite School of Journalism

Estimated time:

30 minutes

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes, at Wiki Conference NA 2019 and 2020, as well as several wiki, academic, librarian, and journalism industry conferences.

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)


Please note, We had intended to submit this when first written, but noticed on Sept. 26 that we inadvertently left it in "draft" mode. Apologies! We would love to present if it's possible, but if the late submission makes that impossible, so be it. It was my mistake. -Pete