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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby PeterBrett » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:34 pm

All good stuff. Good press contacts are going to be crucial when campaigning, and your proposal makes good sense.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby MC » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:41 pm

I volunteer.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby epriezka » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:49 pm

Great stuff. Hats off to Duke.

I'm volunteering to help and have added my name to the wiki already.

I'll be sure to let the press team know about anything received via 'press@pirateparty.org.uk' pending the team getting full visibility.

Notice to the current execs: don't get in the way of this. Duke's initiative is a response to a failure to delegate. Let Duke and the press team do the jobs that should have been delegated long ago, releasing execs to focus on the tasks the execs need to focus on.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby WilliamFS » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:20 pm

Excellent initiative Duke.

I urge you to:

- Put the label [[quasi-official]] at the beginning of the title, rather than the end, and do not apologise for it. Push forward with setting this up, ignore the exec. You are doing something positive. Members are free to express objections against you if they feel they should. If they do, we will have to work towards mantaining consensus and unity around this important initiative. But for as long as members don't object to this initiative, I think you should assume you have their support and march on confidently. It is the exec's duty to approach you now about this if they want, not yours to crave for their rare attention. Try to set up processes that are as much as possible not dependent on particular individuals, try to rely mostly on contributions of whoever is available to contribute at any particular time.

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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby rancidpunk » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:42 pm

I'll help.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed [[quasi-official]]

Postby samgower » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:46 pm

Signed up.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby VJ » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:10 pm

duke wrote:It would also be helpful if people could start filling out the section of the wiki for press contacts with the email addresses and websites where we could submit stories for publication (such as a BBC contact, the slashdot submission page, or a newspaper's politics/technology email address).

I have a copy of the 2010 Writers and Artists yearbook that has a lot of these in; I'll make a start on the wikipage using that right now. 8-)

Edit: For some reason I can't edit the wiki?? I log in, but only get the "View source" tab; not the edit one??
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby epriezka » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:33 pm

duke wrote:It also occurs to me that the press office should also be responsible for writing official party responses to consultations etc.; once we start getting those I'll add an additional section.


Expectation management: set your sights low with that. Responding to consultations can eat time but the real-world impact is likely to be nil. The best real justification for responding to a consultation would be to simultaneously try to turn the response into a media event in itself i.e. "Press Release: PPUK Blasts Ofcom Proposals in its Official Reponse to {such-and-such consultation}... In the response, PPUK highlights that {useful fact no.1} and {other quotable media point that nobody would pick out from the consultation response unless you do it for them}."
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby cabalamat » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:04 pm

This seems a good idea and I support it.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby scuzzmonkey » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:18 pm

supported and will help out with anything that needs doing.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby VJ » Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:16 am

I've done a bunch tonight, I'll finish it off sometime over the weekend
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby scuzzmonkey » Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:42 am

duke wrote:
scuzzmonkey wrote:supported and will help out with anything that needs doing.

Thanks; and I think what needs to be done is mostly covered in my first post. Basically I need people to keep adding to those pages. Words don't write themselves.


rgr, i'll mission out as much as I can handle when i get home from work later today.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby PeterBrett » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:01 am

One thing we also need to do, ASAP, is to set up an opt-in mailing list for PPUK press releases that journalists can subscribe to. I'll get on to TomL about it.

Who does the press@pirateparty.org.uk e-mail address currently go to? Who should it go to?
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby glambert » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:20 am

Great idea for the press office, I'll be sure to forward anything I find onto the address.



cabalamat wrote:This seems a good idea and I support it.


Ah, you do exist afterall then?
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby epriezka » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:29 pm

glambert wrote:Great idea for the press office, I'll be sure to forward anything I find onto the address.

cabalamat wrote:This seems a good idea and I support it.


Ah, you do exist afterall then?


He's leading from the front as usual. :D
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby VJ » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:55 pm

just signed up.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby ktetch » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:10 am

count me in for helping
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby cc » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:46 pm

Trying to typeset our press statements with Latex. Here's a peek.
It looks good in Evince, but the colours look distorted in Acrobat. Can anyone confirm?
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby ktetch » Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:12 pm

looks ok in Reader8

I used to use a template for Openoffice, because it is a lot easier for people to handle and there's no confusion over packages (LyX, Verbosus, Winedt etc). Since we're not doing formulas, theres no major advantage to it that I can see.
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Re: Press Office: Volunteers Needed

Postby cc » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:27 pm

Here you go: http://www.mediafire.com/?nxfzwkydtvm
Be warned, it's messy.

Btw: I'd be happy to do this for every statement we release.
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