Gillian Delaney – 115142165

For this assignment I choose to edit an article called “List of Irish Travellers”. I added in a new section and updated an existing one. Prior to this editing assignment I would have rarely used Wikipedia but I found it useful for giving brief descriptions of people, television series and movies.

I tended to have a negative opinion on Wikipedia which stemmed from when I was completing a business course we were under strict instructions not to use Wikipedia as a reference. As a result of this I have remained sceptical on the reliability of its content.

When Ronda Rousey was beaten by Holly Holmes there were updates put on her Wikipedia page that were cruel. A post which was dated 15th September this year showed that somebody has already inputted Ronda as the winner a month before the fight had even happened.^tfw

These types of errors are not good for Wikipedia’s reputation however now that I have edited an article I am surprised that it was not detected at first glance. Although Wikipedia states that there is no editor that is not entirely true as there is a “User Talk” function that informs you if there is an incomplete update and so deletes off the article.

What makes some of us sceptical of Wikipedia? The freedom that it gives everyone the opportunity to input, update and delete information. We want the man or woman in the big office signing off a checklist to ensure all information is correct. We want to know someone and not everyone is in charge.

One of the advantage’s to Wikipedia is that it does not allow for academic arguments, original research or opinions. I enjoyed keeping the article fact based as it keeps the information clear and concise.


Before Source Edit

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After Editing

I found the access and editing pages user-friendly however it still also concerns me that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, making the information less reliable.

The editing process was quite simple. I didn’t realise until I went to edit my chosen Wikipedia page that it used html and felt at ease straight away. When I clicked onto the edit section I wasn’t overwhelmed as I had intentionally chosen an article that was small enough to prevent this. I was immediately able to see the list of names and details.

As suggested I read the “5 Pillars” which is a set of guidelines set by Wikipedia and complied with using a neutral tone. I found the 5th principle “no firm rules” quite clever. It gives Wikipedia the opportunity to save or delete any edit. I found the Wikipedia tutorials a bit confusing so I looked up how to reference on youtube ( ).

I had to insert two web addresses in the reference section and tried a couple of times before it was correct. I liked they the references updated numerically themselves.

I have used Wikipedia extensively in the last few weeks I have come to change my opinion about it. I believe it is useful but I would still cross reference any information found on the site to ensure it was correct. I felt it was important to start with a small article so that my first attempt to edit a Wikipedia article was a success. As a result of this positive and informative experience I intend on updating more Irish Traveller related articles in the future.

Gillian Delaney 115142165: The role of the editor and the emergence of social media


This video discusses the role of the editor and how it’s changed with the emergence of social media. The first part of the video essay tells a story how social media has impacted on the way in which the publishing and newspaper industries operate. Social media has made editing easier however it has led to the possibility of plagiarism and as there is less attention paid, as news is posted as soon as it happens, the standard of writing including spelling, grammar and punctuation can be problematic .
Following on from there the video discusses the merits and problems encountered by the academic community with regards to publishing research. Some of the problems encountered include increased subscription fees, copyright issues and how research dissemination takes place on social media.
The video draws attention to the public’s recent interest in reality television and how it seems to target the marginalised parts of society as their research material. These shows tend to provoke reactions from their audiences in a negative way. These sectors of society feel that they have been judged and unfairly represented.
Finally I discuss the editing skills any editor needs and outline some of the software that I will be using.
I have never digitally edited in the past and I found this experience rewarding and challenging. I used animation and images to tell the story in a visual way as well as well as including audio.“>Gillian Delaney 115142165 The role of the editor and the emergence of social media