Special Coverage Pages

This guide explains the process of creating Global Voices special coverage pages (SCP) for Lingua editors who want to translate an SCP into another language

Introduction to SCP

The purpose of SCP is to create a centralized resource major news stories or just important issues. They are created first in English on the suggestion of GV authors, editors and managing editors, then translated by coordination of Lingua Editors. To create a new page, follow the steps in this guide. This session deals with the translation of existing pages.

Getting started

Before creating your first Lingua SCP translation, you will first need to create the overall SCP parent page to hold all the SCP in. It is a translation of this English page.

Follow the three steps below:

  • Create a new page in Pages > Add New and use the translation importer to create a translation of the English Special Coverage parent page;
  • Translate the text; the shortcode inside it will automatically show a listing of all child pages of your parent page:[gvpages parent='self' orderby='modified']
  • Go ‘Settings’ > ‘GV Settings’ and in the ‘Special Pages’ section choose the page you just created to be the ‘Special Coverage Listing‘ page in the drop down menu. Save the settings using the ‘Update all settings‘ button at the bottom.

Now you have the parent Special Coverage page set up. You may now get on with translating new pages.

Fetch

You can use the original page's URL to pull through content when first creating a translation of a page.

  • Find the SCP you want to translate on the English site
  • Create a new page in your Lingua site
  • For a translation, use the URL in the fetch box to pull through the content;
  • Important: In the edit page screen sidebar there is a section called Parent. You need to set the “Parent” of the special coverage page to be the parent page you created before. If you don't do this, it won't show up in the SCP list.

Page Excerpt

The Page Excerpt is the extract that appears in the list of pages and the homepage widget. You need to ensure that any text in that box is translated too. Otherwise, the page information in the list will appear in English. This step is often forgotten by translators.

Parent page

Ensure that you choose your local parent page.

SCP ordering

SCP are generally ordered A-Z within specific years. This makes the lists of the SCP a lot more user-friendly to view.

To order your SCP from A-Z, do so in a document before applying a number list to find out their number in the alphabetized list. Then amend each page's order in the ‘page attributes’.

Note: Every time you add a new page, all the pages’ orders change – it is worth the effort, though!

Contact the Lingua Director for help in creating different year holding pages for your SCPs.

Localizing posts

In the ‘Featured Global Voices Posts’, the date is given in the following format for English SCP: 07 Jun. Lingua pages may prefer to use long month names if it is the custom in different languages.

Please maintain the dates of publication/timeline of the ORIGINAL posts (not their translations), to ensure the chronological order of posts is logical and correct. This also applies to posts originally published in a foreign language, the date of publication of the original post in the respective Lingua site should be used.

As for which posts to include, Lingua page editors have two options: you may choose only to include those posts from the English SCP that have been translated OR include all posts, keeping headlines in English along with a language code to make clear they have not been translated. Example from Global Voices in Danish translation of the Syria Protests 2011 page:

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Please remember to update it if any of the posts is translated at a later date, changing the link to point to your translations instead of the English posts.

The following code provides the ‘Latest posts RSS feed':
[gvinlinerss url="https://globalvoices.org/-/world/middle-east-north-africa/morocco/feed/" count="5" title="Latest Global Voices Morocco Posts" link_rss="yes" show_dates="1"] Lingua SCP translations need to have the title amended, and also the feed URL changed to the relevant Lingua version.

Please contact the Lingua Director if you have any problems finding the right feed.

Localizing Resources

Most pages have a resources section that lists websites, tools, and other cool stuff. Whenever possible, make sure you add links in your own language in this section. You can even split this section in resources in English and resources in your language.

In the case of subjects that may have local hashtags, such as international events like the Olympics or Occupy, substitute the English hashtags by local ones only when available and popular, or else leave them as they are.

Translator credit

Make sure you credit your translator in a note at the bottom of the page, to encourage future translators!

Also, if one of your translators is in charge of updating the page, make sure you credit them too, and you can suggest that readers get in touch directly to suggest resources or story ideas, if relevant.

SCP post text

Make sure you localize the links to point to your translation of the page instead of the English one. It's important to go through all the GV posts listed on the page and add the following text. It's time-consuming, but is so important in linking traffic to and from your SCP – you can always delegate the work to numerous people!

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

For posts relevant to multiple SCP:

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011 and Bahrain Protests 2011.

Management, Updating & Promotion

Some pages are related to one-off timely events, such as elections, and will not demand much work after the event has passed. Other pages will have posts added now and then, such as Europe in Crises so that they will need more attention in all areas below.

Management

If there are any changes to SCP, these should communicate through this form.

Updating

SCP need to be manually updated when new resources or posts are available.

Notifications of changes are sent round by the Lingua Director, except the addition of new posts, in which case the translator or Lingua Editors will need to add them themselves.

Once you create special coverage pages, they will continue to show on the homepage forever. To find out how to file old SCP, contact the Lingua Director.

Promotion

Once translated, don't forget to promote your SC pages! Because they aren't posts and don't go our automatically in our RSS feeds/Twitter, we have to promote them manually.

Uniquely amongst GV content, SCP do not get any automatic promotion through for example RSS feeds or Twitter.

If you want to get traffic to your SCP, you have to promote it manually on social media, and by contacting resources listed on the page to let them know they have been included.