In order to qualify for a Wikipedia article, a topic must be notable. According to Wikipedia’s criteria, a topic is notable if it “has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject.”
In short, you may be eligible for an article if there has been significant coverage about you in major news sources such as newspapers, magazines, television, and academic journals. These sources cannot be self-published material such as your blogs, personal or company websites, and press releases.
Wikipedia also has strict rules against “original research.” This simply means that every statement made in a Wikipedia article must be substantiated. So, before you can update an article about yourself or your company with new information, the statements you make on Wikipedia must be discussed in major news or academic publications.
A quick way to gauge the notability of any subject is to ask the following questions:
– Has the subject been featured in at least 5 credible national media sources such as Newspapers, Television, Magazines, or academic publications?
– Has the subject won national or international prizes for excellence such as a Grammy, Oscar, Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, etc.?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may qualify for a Wikipedia entry.
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