It's not easy being a newbie on Wikipedia! All those things you have to consider, finding a topic, looking for sources.... Wiki mark-up, Commons for pictures, Wikidata for the data... Let's make it easy!
Together with Amnesty International I developed a set up for edit-a-thons where newbies start with writing 1-3 articles in one afternoon.
Amnesty takes care of the topics (mostly: human rights defenders and affiliates) and a list of correct sources. The (new) editors write the story and I do the mark-up, Commons and Wikidata part afterwards.
This session will address the topics of the Growth space in the following manner:
Writing ànd completing your first article in your first writing session feels like a success, and success causes retention of newcomers. Making the wiki-work easy makes it more fun for newcomers!
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
The organisers of the community growth space wish to provide any necessary support to presenters and participants that they may need and also wish to have an active role in shaping the content of the space to maximise the benefit of all attendees. Please let us know if you would appreciate any help, and if you consent to constructive suggestions from the organiser team that would allow the largest amount of people to share and benefit from each other's contributions.
I would be interested in receiving help in shaping my submission: NO
In particular, I would need the following type of help or advice:
I consent to the organisers of the space contacting me to discuss alternative ways to present my knowledge (for example, merging two proposals into a common presentation, a panel debate instead of a lightning talk, etc.), or ways to modify and improve my proposal (for example by ensuring a gender diversity on panels) : YES
If my proposal is not selected for a presentation, I would be interested in presenting my proposal in the form of a poster in the Community Growth space: YES
I consent to my proposal being proposed to organisers of other spaces if it would be a good cross-over topic or if it fits better into the other space's scope: YES