Experience from English Wikinews II
(published in Czech as Zkušenosti z anglických Wikizpráv II, on January 29, 2013)
The day before Yesterday I wrote a blog here about my news story on English Wikinews. After two days I have to add: It did not go well. The story probably won't be published ever as a regular news story.Adding to the original Czech blog: I have later started the difficult procedure described later, so maybe the story will be published someday in the end...
I was confronted with the complicated system of English Wikinews that I had already described. In practice, the system is even more complicated and more malfunctional as it looked like in theory and from the first sight.
Waiting for the official review did not took several hours, like I thought, it took three days (and everyone probably knows what three days mean in news reporting). After three days I have received comments from the reviewer, that included request for new sources, for adding a part about Czech president powers - and especially for update, because so much time has passed since the story had been written. I admit at least part of the requests would help the story. I also admit the reviewer did a lot of work with it.
I will return to the first request later. I understand the second request, although it is very difficult to fulfill it with the limited knowledge of English sources. The third one is a deterrent one. It says: Start a new work, that can lead to more requests to upgrade - and it can lead to the situation, when the author has to wait for a new revision after he is finished just to find that he has to update again. And more, I do not know how to update the news story on English Wikinews, the Czech Wikinews does not update its stories, it writes new ones as the original one gets outdated.