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By Skomorokh
Like physical newsrooms, The Signpost's newsroom and IRC can be a hub of activity around the weekly deadline, and has on occasion seen breaking news rushed through at the last minute.
As the most prominent publication devoted to the English Wikipedia and issues of interest to its authors and followers, we envisage The Signpost as a digest of essential reading, chronicling the most important developments and concerns of the week, from news originating within the Wikimedia movement, to external coverage of the movement, to the dynamics of the biggest single project, the English Wikipedia. This involves volunteer journalists hunting down, reviewing, and presenting in appropriate context stories relevant to the readership, a copy-editing team on hand to correct and refine the reports, and managing editors to review reports and take responsibility for the overall integrity of each issue.

As articulated by the last editor-in-chief Jarry1250 in his outgoing address, The Signpost aspires to evolve beyond mere transmission of news, to challenging and provocative treatments of issues of importance to the English Wikipedia and the associated infosphere.

Alas, of late, many areas of interest on which we'd like to deliver high-quality coverage are underserved by our current volunteer resources, and in recent months, maintaining quality of service in the most basic reports has been a struggle. For this week's edition, this shortfall in manpower unfortunately resulted in us having to drop the 'News and notes' section.

This is a call for fellow Wikipedians to help us ensure The Signpost can be as consistently excellent and ambitious as its readership deserves. Are you a keen follower of the topics The Signpost covers, capable of thinking critically while writing objectively about those topics? If so, we ask for you to step forward now. Areas of potential contribution are as follows:

Other news beats, such as Featured content, the WikiProject report, the Arbitration report, and the Technology report, tend to be comparatively well served, but could always use further assistance and review.

The bulk of The Signpost is compiled weekly by a half a dozen volunteers from an editing community of thousands. Imagine what we could accomplish with two dozen.

Thank you for your continued support,
Skomorokh and SMasters (managing editors)

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  • I'd be more than happy to coordinate the Dispatch and Opinion sections. Since it mostly involves finding other people with interesting and important things to say, then placing everything in their proper Signpost templates, I don't see it as being a particularly major time commitment, so it would be easy to fit into my current schedule. Also, since I spent large amounts of time on Wikipedia on a nearly daily basis, I can have things ready well before publishing. Sven Manguard Wha? 02:47, 25 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
    • Per this thread, I am withdrawing my willingness to get involved in the Dispatches section. We haven't even done anything yet and the work environment is already so hostile that I know that I'll get sucked into some pointless factionalistic brawl sooner rather than later if I stay, and I'd rather avoid that. If anyone else wants the dispatches, you should know that it's got serious history, and not in a good way. Perhaps it is better off staying dead. Sven Manguard Wha? 05:27, 26 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • I could tentatively write the better chunk of N&N again, once in a while, when I have the time on the weekends. Maybe every couple of weeks. We shall see. ResMar 03:39, 26 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]


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