The story on English Wikinews that I got published yesterday was Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships . Like other stories, this one was inspired by things I saw on Facebook. There isn’t much being written about the world championships in the English language media, and trying to find some way to do that in a way that is newsworthy? PITA. I went with the easiest solution to discuss an event that is supposed to have started yesterday but where the actual games do not start until June 30. I found a team competing that posted something, anything, about going. In this case, it was a selfie that basically said, “We’re at the airport! Hi! We’re offer!” and ran with that.
Because there was so little information available elsewhere, because nothing had been written recently for most other teams, there is pretty much no information about other teams. Sad for anyone else wanting to write about the competition before it starts who don’t have ins with the team because of a local. We’ll see.