Thomas Dalton wrote: > 2009/11/30 Brian McNeil <brian.mcn...@wikinewsie.org>: > >> On Mon, 2009-11-30 at 11:01 +0000, Thomas Dalton wrote: >> >>> There is a lot in the news at the moment about newspapers, etc. >>> charging people for accessing news on their websites. I wonder if >>> Wikimedia UK should issue a press release recommending Wikinews as an >>> alternative. The project could do with some publicity and this might >>> be a good time to get it some since the subject of news websites is >>> being discussed. It probably won't be in the news for long, though, so >>> we would have to move quickly (the release probably needs to go out in >>> the next 24 hours at the longest). >>> >> The thought's good, but right now enWN is currently only pushing out >> about 5 articles a day. >> >> Recruitment campaign might be better. >> > > I was thinking of a statement that included a suggestion that people > contribute to it. Getting contributors and getting readers are very > closely related problems - contributors usually start out as readers > (at least, they do on Wikipedia). > > Thought: while it's topical. According to p. 43 of today's Independent, Jason Cowley who is the new editor of the New Statesman is giving the Staggers a facelift. This cluster of issues (free content activism, citizen journalism, who controls news media) ought to be of interest to them, but last time I bought it the magazine had a rather fogeyish and literary take on culture. Would someone like to contact the editor to see if he'd like an opinion piece on it all?
As for press releases: they're usually in the form of a story that is half-written, to attract the attention of hacks who can assess how hard it would be to make a complete story out of the bits. Charles _______________________________________________ Wikimedia UK mailing list wikimediau...@wikimedia.org http://mail.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediauk-l WMUK: http://uk.wikimedia.org