Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Reliable newspaper module for Wikipedia Globalization courses (ID: 22271301)

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Reliable newspaper module for Wikipedia Globalization courses
proposed start date2024-03-16
proposed end date2025-03-15
grant start date2024-03-16T00:00:00Z
grant end date2025-03-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)13739 PLN
budget (USD)3448 USD
amount recommended (USD)3448
grant typeIndividual
funding regionESEAP
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Piotrus
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Reliable newspaper module for Wikipedia Globalization courses

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-03-16 - 2025-03-15

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)

South Korea

5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Other (please specify) Wikipedia Education

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

For many years I have been assigning my students to write articles for Wikipedia, an activity which has resulted in several hundreds of articles created on English, Korean and Chinese, and other Wikipedias (see: , , and - the latter is an official coverage of my work by WMF blog staff). One of the recurring problems in the classes is the difficulty in teaching students about reliable sources. As part of teaching them about English-language reliable sources that they should use while writing Wikipedia articles, I recommend to my students the use of The Economist, an English-language magazine of renown. I also use the digital subscription to demonstrate to them how to add references to Wikipedia articles in class by accessing a sem-random article, finding an encyclopedic fact and adding it to Wikipedia if it is missing said fact or missing a reference for it. In addition, I also use my digital subscription to provide copies of articles that students request for their work.

In the past, I have had a print subscription and I found that giving students print copies of the magazine to browse has had a strong motivational effect, improving the quality of their Wikipedia article writing by reinforcing the message with a physical artifact. This is becoming increasingly important these days as my classes receive ain increasing number of Mainland Chinese students, who are very curious to learn about uncensored Western media. Over the years, however, my stockpile of print copies has diminished, as not all students return the issues I lent them, and due to my financial situation I have not had a print subscription to TE for the last several years (I can provide a photo of my diminished stack of print copies of The Economist in my university office). Obviously, the students would be most interested in reading about current, not outdated, news and using the most recent issues of the magazine as sources.

I would like to renew my subscription to the Economist, both print and digital. Print, so that I can continue handing the magazine to my students and have them use it as a source for Wikipedia article writing. Digital, so that I can continue to use that reliable source for in-class demonstrations and my own editing as a volunteer (I am a very active editor to Wikipedia with over 100,000 edits on my account). Sample diff of me using the magazine to add a reference to English Wikipedia:

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

In my courses, students are required to produce one or more Wikipedia articles on topics related to the course (such as Sociology of Globalization). Details, including timeline, can be found at (general) or (specific).

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

My team includes myself. I have about 20 years of experience as a Wikipedia volunteer and content creator (see ) and about 15 years of experience as a teacher who assigns students to write Wikipedia article (see: , , and )

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

The participants in my classes are a mix of undergraduate Korean and Chinese students, with a sprinkling of international exchange students (from countries such as Indonesia, France, Poland, etc.). The students take my courses every semester and as can be seen from the I usually teach between one to three courses each semester that each involve students creating Wikipedia (occasionally, Wikidata/Wikivoyage) content.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

English and Korean Wikimedia communities are aware of my educational activities. See, for example, the translation of the article about my educational activities to Korean linked from or discussions like . On English Wikipedia I have devloped tools such as . I am also a participant of the English Wikipedia Educational Noticeboard, where my courses have been discussed in the past, see

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Human Rights

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

As I have an established record of publishing articles about using Wikipedia in the classroom, I would like to write up a how-to article for teachers describing the use of reliable newspapers and magazines as sources for student writing activities. See my most recent publication: "Quick Fix: Making Writing Assignment Motivational with Wikipedia" . The write-up will first be released in a form of a guide for the Wikimedia Community in early 2025, with possible future rewrite into an academic paper.

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 150 I estimate, roughly, that I teach about 100 students per semester. The magazine subscription I ask for (3 years period) should last about six semesters.
Number of editors 150 All students in my classes become Wikipedia editors since they edit Wikipedia during and after class.
Number of organizers 1 Myself
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 15
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

See student activity metrics at and my own calculated at

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Budget form:

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

13739 PLN

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

3448 USD

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