Information and sign up has been posted to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Australia and mirrored on http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Meetup/Australia .
This will be an IRC based meetup where participants are encouraged to set up remote locations to get together with other Wikipedians. The purpose of these meet-ups is support work being done by members of Wikimedia Australia, Wikinews contributors and the HOPAU participants with writing news articles for Wikinews. If you are a Wikipedian or a Commons user who wants to learn how to use Wikinews and work towards becoming an accredited reporter, this is your chance to learn. Please note: Non-Australians are allowed to attend our online training sessions but time zone wise, it is set up to support ongoing Australian activities. Location IRC: #wikimedia-au connect Canberra: LauraHale's house in Gungahlin. Please e-mail LauraHale for directions if you would like to attend in person. Date and time Dates: 17 June, and 24 June Time: 6:00:00 PM EST (UTC+10 hours) in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. 5:30:00 PM CST UTC+9:30 hours in Adelaide. 4:00:00 PM WST UTC+8 hours in Perth. 9:00:00 AM BST (UTC+1 hour) in London. 4:00:00 AM EDT UTC-4 hours in New York City. Preparation Prior to the workshop, please read Writing an article on Wikinews and think of a topic you may want to write about that is currently in the news. If you want to try original research, please read original reporting. Ideas of topics to write about include the AFL or NRL, Australian Olympic and Paralympic preparations, Australian politics, Australian weather, or Australian television news. If you are thinking about doing original research, consider attending a sporting event on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to report on. Consider interviewing some one about a topic you think is important. If you want to create your own article, you need to have an idea of what you want to write about. If you want to participate by supporting others, you're also welcome to attend! Sincerely, Laura Hale -- mobile: 0412183663 twitter: purplepopple blog: ozziesport.com
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