Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Murray State University/JMC 305 News Editing (Spring 2019)

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Course name
JMC 305 News Editing
Murray State University
Melony Shemberger
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
News editing and writing
Course dates
2019-01-14 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-05-03 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This course will help students to meet these objectives, as they relate to the Wikipedia assignments:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence syntax.
  2. Edit copy for online.
  3. Edit copy according to legal and ethical issues.
  4. Develop a basic understanding of infographics

Applicable content includes the following:

  1. Principles of editing.
  2. Using proper grammar.
  3. Editing for precision, accuracy and language.
  4. Applying legal and ethical considerations.
  5. Writing articles for the online platform.

The Wikipedia course and assignments will help students to apply these concepts.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Gotham Rejex Derby pie
Mreynolds12 Kentucky Colonel, Andy Warhol, Character class (Dungeons & Dragons), The Black Cat (short story)
Ktaylor35 Kentucky Historical Society, My Old Kentucky Home
BogerVII Flag of Kentucky
Rroney18 Winter squash
Adduhsun Hatfield–McCoy feud
JaCrosby97 The Night Riders
Eshepherd2 Kentucky Historical Society, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
Gjohnson41 History of basketball, Basketball positions, Kentucky-Louisville rivalry
Sbainer Frazier History Museum
Aturner32 Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History


Week 2

Course meetings
Monday, 21 January 2019   |   Wednesday, 23 January 2019
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)

Assignment - Wikipedia assignment blog

Begin a blog about your experiences. You can use discussion questions to frame your entries, or reflect on the research and writing process. Create at least one blog entry each week during the Wikipedia assignment.


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 28 January 2019   |   Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 4

Course meetings
Monday, 4 February 2019   |   Wednesday, 6 February 2019
In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Week 5

Course meetings
Monday, 11 February 2019   |   Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Assignment - Exercise

Copyedit an article

Week 6

Course meetings
Monday, 18 February 2019   |   Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 7

Course meetings
Monday, 25 February 2019   |   Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Assignment - Peer review three articles

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 8

Course meetings
Monday, 4 March 2019   |   Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 9

Course meetings
Monday, 11 March 2019   |   Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 10

Course meetings
Monday, 25 March 2019   |   Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 11

Course meetings
Monday, 1 April 2019   |   Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 12

Course meetings
Monday, 8 April 2019   |   Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
In class - In-class presentation

Guiding questions

Assignment - Reflective essay

Guiding questions

Week 13

Course meetings
Monday, 15 April 2019   |   Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.