Wikinews and Wikipedia at the London Paralympics

Laura Hale and friends have been very busy at the Paralympic Games with their Wikinews reporting.

The amount of Wikinews and Wikipedia material available to refer to the Games is staggering. All my posts in The Conversation use Wikipedia links.

This is Jacqueline Freney’s profile in recent days:

and for Matt Cowdrey:

A group of dedicated Wikipedians is updating the profiles of athletes each day and including news of medal winners. The time difference in Australia from London means that all profiles are updated at 9 a.m. AEST.


A day after posting this I received an update from Laura Hale:

Complete list of Wikinews articles to date featuring original reporting at London 2012 Paralympics

This is the complete published list to date.  (We have about six articles awaiting review.)  Between them, I think over 75 countries are mentioned.  In some cases, a few countries have new articles that still have not had ten articles published about them since 2007.

They represent a wide swathe of Paralympic sports including athletics, track cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, goalball, judo, boccia, table tennis, equestrian, athletics, rowing, 5-a-side football, and 7-a-side football. (We have an article about wheelchair fencing awaiting review.) We have had four interviews published.  (We have one more awaiting review.)  We have covered the press angle, written about some of the behind the scenes things like the gym and equipment repair, and covered two press conference.  One article was picked up by a newspaper in Sierra Leone and printed in paper.

We have about five more days left, but really, really happy with what we havve had so far. A big round of thanks are heartily deserved to everyone who helped make this happen at the APC and Wikinews and Wikimedia Australia. :)  This work comes on top of making sure an article exists about every 2012 Australian Paralympian, taking at least 35 of those to the front page of Wikipedia, getting profile pictures donated by the APC for every 2012 Australian Paralympian for use on Wikipedia and Wikinews, creating articles that better explain Paralympic classification with that preparation work being done before the start of the Games.’s_2012_Paralympic_Games_flag-bearer’s_second_ever_Paralympic_Gamesôte_d’Ivoire’s_wheelchair_basketball_team_practices_ahead_of_2012_Summer_Paralympics’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_teams_play_in_their_2012_Paralympics_opener’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_loses_first_game_in_its_2012_Paralympic_campaign’s_national_goalball_team_defeats_Algeria_4-3’s_Powell_loses_to_Germany’s_Matthias_Krieger_in_judo_event_at_2012_Paralympics’s_Cynthia_Paige_Simon_loses_to_Spain_in_women’s_57kg_judo_quarter_finals’s_sitting_volleyball_in_straight_sets_at_2012_Summer_Paralympics’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final’s_Richard_Csejtey’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_gets_its_first_win_of_London_Paralympics’s_Individual_C1-2-3_500m_Time_Trial,_Trischa_Zorn’s_national_goalball_team_loses_0-3_to_United_States_in_pool_play_in_London,_Australian_goalball_player’s_Alena_Kanova_defeats_Sara_Head,_taking_bronze_in_class_3_table_tennis,_Australian_Paralympic_wheelchair_basketball_medallist

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