Wikimedia Funds Wikipedia Buddy Group

13 May, 2015

Wikimedia Funds Wikipedia Buddy Group

Jill Miller, instructor of NWMEDIA 201 and several special topic courses, pioneered the Berkeley Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with the Berkeley Center for New Media this semester. With new media undergraduate certificate recipient Anna Carey, she has since developed a Wikipedia Buddy Program, to increase diversity among Wikipedia editors by inspiring local high school students to engage in the editing process through buddy mentorship. We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this exceptional effort!

From the Wikipedia announcement: "Now we’re following up on our commitment to fund a first set of actionable projects coming out of the campaign. From 266 ideas came 42 grant proposals eligible for consideration. After careful review by a committee of volunteer Wikimedians and gender-focused experts, 16 projects have been recommended and approved for funding. Several of these projects will focus on organizing events and leveraging social and professional communities, institutions and partnerships to increase content about women on Wikipedia. Other projects will aim to engage women from New Zealand to Ghana to contribute to Wikimedia projects, test approaches for training allies to better support gender diversity on-wiki, and create mentorship systems for women."

Learn more about the Wikipedia Buddy Program and how you can get involved!

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