Wikipedia: What Journalists Need to Know About One of the World’s Largest Websites


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Wikipedia: What Journalists Need to Know About One of the World’s Largest Websites

How to use Wikipedia in journalism.

Type: Webinar

Originally broadcast on July 12, 2018

Time Estimate: One hour



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Learn exactly what you can and can’t do on Wikipedia straight from the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia. In addition, you’ll find out how to verify information found on the site and come away with concrete ideas for how to use Wikipedia, the fifth largest website in the world, as a resource for reporting.


  • What you can do on Wikipedia as a representation of your publication (Can you edit? What if there’s a mistake?)
  • What you can’t do on Wikipedia
  • How you can use Wikipedia as a resource and source
  • What you need to know about how Wikipedia/Wikidata are powering much of the linked data on the internet (and when to be suspicious)
  • Some story ideas you can take with you


Wikipedia is the fifth largest website in the world and visited 15 trillion times a month. If you’re not sure how Wikipedia works — or the last time you thought about it was 15 years ago — and want to learn how to better utilize this resource, this course is for you.


Melody Kramer

Melody Kramer is a Peabody award-winning digital strategist and the Senior Audience Development Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. Before that, she worked as an editor for NPR, ran digital operations for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, was a writer and editor at National Geographic Magazine and directed, produced, edited and wrote for NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. She started her career as a Kroc Fellow at NPR and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Mel tweets @mkramer and codes in Python.

Ed Erhart

Ed Erhart has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2015, where he is now a Senior Editorial Associate. He has edited Wikimedia projects as a volunteer since 2006.