Sat 17 Jan 2015 12:39PM

Media team - ideas, tasks

A Akshay Public Seen by 123

There's no going back now on diaspora yatra. If we are dreaming of people actually starting to use diaspora (which I wasn't actually dreaming for a while), it should get some attention on newspapers, radios, local tv channels, social media, messaging apps, etc.

The thing with India is, if it grows over a critical mass, it will explode like a nuclear bomb. So, all we need to do is reach that mass.

Let's pour in ideas and find people to execute them.


Akshay Sat 17 Jan 2015 12:40PM

I think we can start early and stay free later. Copy pasting the last email from Praveen, and my replies.

On 01/14/2015 03:17 PM, Pirate Praveen wrote:

Make press releases for each district and send to local journalists.

The matter would be similar for each district, right. We should decide on what it should be.

Try to have them do stories.

We should compile or get a list of contacts, phone numbers, email address? I do not know how press works. They usually just publish what we give right? (That's how it was for our college fest :P)

Keep the buzz going on in social media.

Should we start a facebook/twitter page? :P

We could shoot capsule statements from team members and promote it.

We could also get statements from partner organizations. This would lend some credibility. What think?

Get some one to do a promo videos.

Using free software if possible. Know anyone video editor?

Basically get the word out to maximum people. Rest is left to your imaginations.
Bring more people to the team. Start a new thread on loomio to discuss ideas.
Adam from hamara team might also want to join in.

@adambp you have greater idea how media work.


Adam Mon 19 Jan 2015 9:35AM

Yeah - Hi,
So we have a draft press release: the usual way to deal with the media is to send this to any and all journalists in areas and publications you want to target. The key thing is the contact details: making sure they are right and that someone is there to answer questions.
In a way this makes the info at the bottom of the release the most important: though kick-ass content is important too.
The approach with media is exactly what you say @akshay : we send a release telling the ournalists what is going on. they may ignore it, they may copy it entirely, or they may get interested and what to do some investigation of their own.
Social media backs up professional media: it's just a more personal approach. With social you are yourself the journalist, so your voice shines through.
One thing to think about is do we just want to send one Press Release (for the launch), or is there any plan for other things to happen: you can always write another release then. For example: when you put a video out, or when partner organisations chip in...


Pirate Vik Wed 21 Jan 2015 10:28AM

Would make sense to have further releases during the diaspora yatra - videos of people along the way - that sort of thing


Pirate Praveen Wed 21 Jan 2015 12:45PM

If we can get famous people in various social spheres (politics, culture, arts, sports etc) in each district to start using diaspora, that would give novelty to press release and create distinct news value in each district.


Akshay Fri 23 Jan 2015 3:13AM

Anand will be starting a Facebook page this weekend.


Pirate Praveen Fri 23 Jan 2015 3:55AM

We need a volunteer to setup using wordpress events plugin.


JIBU JACOB Fri 23 Jan 2015 8:59AM

Good Idea Praveen. I will start this excercise at Mysuru in a small way.
I also think , How can we make an entry into Government sector. For example #Indianrailways has a face book page for each Zonal Railway. It is almost official now.
I am with Railways. An entry into people of this sector, especially the managers of middle and upper level, make some sense. I need your support .


Pirate Praveen Sun 25 Jan 2015 2:52PM

@jibujacob I can offer my support in any way I can.


Pirate Praveen Sun 25 Jan 2015 2:54PM

Diaspora team at fossdem conference is proposing a post at I think we should propose a post too. Any volunteers?


JIBU JACOB Sun 25 Jan 2015 4:13PM

Thanks Praveen. I will discuss in detail in coming days.

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