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Women Do News/Edit-A-Thon
Women Do News works to raise the visibility of women journalists by increasing the quantity and enhancing the quality of their Wikipedia entries. Women Do News will host two days of live in-person or virtual edit-a-thons in partnership with U.S. journalism organizations such as Journalism and Women Symposium to build the roster of eligible female journalists, edit Wikipedia entries, and teach others how to create biographical articles on Wikipedia.
start dateNovember 1
end dateNovember 1
budget (local currency)$2,000
budget (USD)$2,000
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusWomen Do News is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization. It is a fiscally sponsored project of Bay City News Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity (Tax ID #83-0654488).
organization (if applicable)• Women Do News
website (if applicable)

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We are doing a series of edit-a-thons, often hosting events in partnership with professional journalism organizations.

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

  • We will create a project page similar to the one we established for our inaugural 2018, edit-a-thon, which anchored outreach to relevant communities such as Wikimedia New York City and Women In Red:
  • We will post on relevant discussion and project talk pages such as Wikiproject Women in Red; Wikiproject Feminism; Wikiproject Journalism; Wikiproject Women; Wikiproject Biography.
  • We will also use external social media channels including the Women Do News mailing list and Twitter feed @WomenDoNews, and the channels of our board members including Smithsonian Wikimedian-at-large Andrew Lih (Twitter: @fuzheado); and the channels of our partner journalism organizations.

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

We will be communicating with participants through our weekly email newsletter, our Women Do News Slack channel, and social media channels (@WomenDoNews on Twitter). We also work with partners who use their distribution channels -- such as web sites, social media, mailings lists -- to publicize our sessions.

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

Yes, on our team we have several experienced editors to help facilitate edit-a-thons and to support participants, including:

5. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Yes, we have hosted several edit-a-thons in 2019 and 2020, including partner events with Take The Lead, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will engage participants post-event through our email newsletter and our dedicated Slack channel. We have an ongoing workflow set up to encourage volunteers to help with several stages of the process, with helpful resources for newcomers.

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

So far, our work is online and if it does move to in-person, we will comply with local health advisories and our partner organizations’ safety measures.

8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: one or more, depending on support from partner organizations
  2. Number of participants: 100
  3. Number of new editors: 10
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 40
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 10


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

Organizing Team:
  1. Angilee Shah, Board Chair and Edit-A-Thons Lead
  2. Ariam Alula, Project Organization, Communications, and Newsletter
  3. Molly Stark Dean - Nominations Lead
  4. Emily Gertz, Technical Adviser
  5. Jareen Imam, Events and Communications
  6. Chloe Lee Rowlands, Website and Design
  7. Andrew Lih, Adviser
  8. Katherine Rowlands, Finances and Fundraising
  9. Jeanette Woods, Events and Communications
  10. Leezel Tanglao, Adviser
  11. P. Kim Bui, Adviser

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • Stipends for edit-a-thon leads: $500 for two leads for two days = $2,000

We expect travel and conference registration costs to be covered by our partner organizations, as we have done in the past.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Women Do News is using its platform, editing expertise, and passion to make an honest difference in the journalism world. The group has already added thirty new pages on Wikipedia and counting! 2601:140:8680:1E00:68FC:E276:3616:BDB3 00:12, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
  • A rapid grant would really give a boost to this growing organization, which both does work on Wikipedia and gives people a broader understanding of how Internet ecosystems affect women journalists. Let's support them! Angshah (talk) 19:25, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
  • I support this grant being awarded! Let’s make sure more women who cover the news are recognized. Rebekah Sanders — The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:37, 3 September 2021 (UTC)
  • I am wholeheartedly endorsing Women Do News on their grant application. I admire the passion of their vision and the hard work they do to bring it to fruition. Tiziana Rinaldi ( 19:02, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia standards for notoriety work against women who have been excluded from "formal" recognition despite their actual accomplishments. 16:42, 23 September 2021 (UTC)