Useful numbers and tools
The Wikimedia projects, the volunteers who write and create their content, and the world of open knowledge generally offer hugely exciting opportunities on a vast scale.
Wikipedia exists in around 300 languages, totalling more than 44 million articles. The English language Wikipedia has upwards of 5.4 million articles. Wikimedia Commons has over 32 million freely licensed, free to use media files. Wikidata has 26 million data items that anyone can use, edit, or visualise using tools such as the Wikidata Query Service.
There are some useful tools that are available to everyone, but are especially useful to journalists. For example, this page lists all existing Wikipedias and a count of the number of articles in each one.
You can find some useful statistics about the community of Wikipedia editors here, including how many registered editors there are and some demographic information.
Some of the most interesting information relating to Wikipedia is the article view stats. You can type the title of any Wikipedia article into this tool and see the number of page views over a determined period. Top tip: looks for spikes when something becomes big news, such as the Zika virus.
Keeping in touch
There are lots of ways to keep up to date with the news from Wikimedia UK.
For journalists, we have a dedicated press page on our website. It contains plenty of useful information, such as where to find facts and figures about Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, contact details for press staff and volunteers and our latest press releases.
For those more interested in the day to day work of our volunteers and staff, the Wikimedia UK blog is a great way to keep in touch. It’s updated regularly and features news, reports and updates from events, projects and the charity.
For volunteers and friends of the charity we have our quarterly newsletter. This is chock full of content from volunteers and staff, write-ups of events, and opportunities to get involved on the charity and the Wikimedia movement. You can subscribe for free here.
For immediate enquiries you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.