2012 London Paralympic reporting preparations continue
Preparations for London reporting continue. Today’s major task that was accomplished the completion of efforts to create an article about every 2012 Australian Summer Paralympian. A full list can be found on this Wikipedia 2012 Australian team template. This was a challenge because each article had to be established as notable, either by including information on them having won at the very highest level like the World Championships, having won a Paralympic medal, or by finding newspaper sources that mention them. Thankfully, the Australian media cares about the Paralympics and the country’s athletes are treated in many circles as equals to the country’s Olympians. This was a massive task that took about two months. At least 30 of them were nominated for Wikipedia’s Did You Know and there is a possibility these articles could appear on the front page of Wikipedia during the Games. Some of them have already run. The articles look really nice too as most have pictures of the Paralympian courtesy of a bulk image donation done by the Australian Paralympic Committee, with some one involved with the Australian Paralympic Committee’s website adding the images to all the infoboxes. The writing might not be stellar but the articles exist and others have already stepped in and started making edits to the articles. These articles will be very handy during the Paralympic Games.
The next major task accomplished was creating draft space articles as a holding place for the Games on Wikinews. The articles will tend to have the same general format: They will all be original reporting, all be done on London, will be in the same general categories, will all need a picture and will all have an infobox. These drafts, which will be renamed later, were created and can be found linked on my user space. Another thing to do is develop a checklist for reporter note verification. Wikinews hasn’t done much mobile reporting with lots of notes, possible audio, possible video, possible pictures, various licensing issues and limits on how to upload. This creates some interesting issues for how to share. So yeah, checklist being developed for a reviewer and for anyone else who may wish to help write an article. They can use the checklist to find our original reporting notes to add to a story.
The other thing this morning was following up with our Wikipedia branded gear to cover the Games. We need it before the Games. The question is how do we get this to Canberra before I leave on Thursday and Hawkeye7 leaves on Saturday? It may need to follow us to London, but I’m staying in one hotel on Friday and Saturday night before checking into a new hotel on Monday night. Mild dilemma. We’ll see how this resolves but it requires following up.
On Monday, I’m going with Bidgee to take pictures of New South Wales Olympians at the Parade so my time is becoming crunched before I leave. I want to get a Wikinews story written about Australia’s quest for its 1,000th Paralympic Medal. (They are sitting at 960 going into London.) I also want to work on classification articles on Wikipedia. I went to the National Sport Information Centre on Wednesday to check out books on this topic to do just that and I need to return them by Tuesday. I also need to print up business cards for London. Things to do… things to do.