Wikipedia: What Journalists Need to Know About One of the World’s Largest Websites

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Course Overview

Wikipedia: What Journalists Need to Know About One of the World’s Largest Websites
This $29.95 webinar is free thanks to the generous support of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
July 12, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants. Course material will be available to access until July 11, 2020.

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With Facebook announcing efforts to contextualize news stories by linking to the publishers' Wikipedia pages, journalists are left with questions. How can I ensure my organization's Wikipedia information is accurate and up-to-date? Who can edit pages? And how? Can I use Wikipedia to enhance my own work?

In this webinar, you’ll learn exactly what you can and can’t do on Wikipedia straight from the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia. In addition, you’ll find out how to verify information found on the site and come away with concrete ideas for how to use Wikipedia, the fifth largest website in the world, as a resource for reporting.

What Will I Learn:
  • What you can do on Wikipedia as a representation of your publication (Can you edit? What if there’s a mistake?)
  • What you can’t do on Wikipedia
  • How you can use Wikipedia as a resource and source
  • What you need to know about how Wikipedia/Wikidata are powering much of the linked data on the internet (and when to be suspicious)
  • Some story ideas you can take with you
Who Should Take this Course:

Wikipedia is the fifth largest website in the world and visited 15 trillion times a month. If you’re not sure how Wikipedia works — or the last time you thought about it was 15 years ago — and want to learn how to better utilize this resource, this course is for you.

Course Instructors:

Melody Kramer

Melody Kramer is a Peabody award-winning digital strategist and the Senior Audience Development Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. Before that, she worked as an editor for NPR, ran digital operations for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, was a writer and editor at National Geographic Magazine and directed, produced, edited and wrote for NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. She started her career as a Kroc Fellow at NPR and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Mel tweets @mkramer and codes in Python.

Ed Erhart

Ed Erhart has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2015, where he is now a Senior Editorial Associate. He has edited Wikimedia projects as a volunteer since 2006.


Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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