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The Signpost needs your help
... some assembly required
Contributing to the Signpost can be one of the most rewarding things an editor can do. The genre is refreshingly different from that of Wikipedia articles, and can allow writers to use a different range of skills. Our circulation is ever-increasing, including more than 6000 readers for our October investigation into Wiki-PR; we reach far beyond the English Wikipedia, speaking to Wikimedians from many language Wikipedias and sister projects. Page-view counts show that readers still visit some pages up to months after publication. The need for an independent, volunteer-run Signpost continues to grow, given the increasing complexity and financial expenditures of the global Wikimedia movement, not to mention the increasing popularity of the English Wikipedia.
That said, writers for the Signpost are sorely needed. Our expectations have grown over the last several years: it takes more time to prepare each edition. As an extreme example, the Wiki-PR story took nearly a week. Yet at the same time, the number of contributors has been slowly shrinking, and there are precious few for nearly all of the regular beats. We are currently looking for editors interested in:
- "In the media"—a weekly review of news reports about Wikimedia-related projects
- "Featured content"—a weekly roundup of the English Wikipedia's newest featured content
- "Technology report"—a fortnightly beat covering the operation of Wikimedia sites and MediaWiki, the platform that Wikimedians use to collaborate, including bugs and new features
Please don't be discouraged if your desired beat already has editors listed as working on it—having a large number of contributors is ideal, as in the best of times, they lessen the burden and allow one writer at a time required to author an in-depth feature. In the worst, they provide a buffer if the others go on vacation.
Those who are interested can simply leave a comment on this article's talk page, my talk page, or by email if you'd like it to be private.
Thank you for your continued patronage.
— The ed17, Signpost editor-in-chief
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