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From Jürgen Schmidt <jogischm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: draft blog post: press@ - It's easy to get first hand information
Date Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:38:26 GMT
On 4/3/13 4:15 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM, Jürgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@gmail.com>wrote:
> 
>> On 4/3/13 2:45 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM, Jürgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@gmail.com
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> I am a little bit annoyed about the often bad researched articles about
>>>> OpenOffice or at least articles spreading wrong information about
>>>> OpenOffice. I don't know exactly why authors do such a poor job with
>>>> their research of correct information where it is so easy on the other
>>>> hand to get first information. The idea is to raise some awareness that
>>>> the info found in the web is not always true and it is much better to
>>>> get first hand information from the project and the people behind it
>>>> directly. Nobody have to rely on third party information found somewhere
>>>> when first hand information can be get so so easy.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Well the wording can and should be improved and I am sure others will
>>>> have further ideas to improve it or make it even better to send out the
>>>> right signal. Se please review the draft and your feedback is welcome.
>>>> It's mainly an idea and I am not sure if it is the best way to address
>>>> this.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> If we wait a little longer we might be able to achieve the safe effect
>> but
>>> with a more positive message.  I've been slowly updating the old "press
>> kit
>>> page":
>>>
>>> http://www.openoffice.org/marketing/press_kit.html
>>>
>>> I also started to look at preparing new screenshots for AOO 3.4.1 and AOO
>>> 4.0, so there is easy to use material for articles.
>>>
>>> And as you know, we now have the press@o.a.o email address.
>>>
>>> Once that is done, then we could have a positive message about how we're
>>> helping the press.
>>>
>>> What is the saying? You catch more flies with honey than vinegar?
>>
>> sure and as I mentioned before I am not sure if it would be the best
>> way. I thought I could address two things in one blog. First that it is
>> easy to contact the project and get first hand information. And second
>> to raise some awareness that it is not really clever to use bad
>> researched or wrong material. But is probably useless anyway.
>>
>>
> It may be useless, unfortunately.  The fact is that not everyone who writes
> articles is a journalist.  Much if it is "opinion" or "editorial" content
> and has far lower standards.  So some articles are little more than blogs
> with a prestigious address.  They are not held to journalistic standards.
> So if you complain that they are biased, or that they don't confirm
> information, or they don't seek balancing points of view, it means nothing
> to them.  It is not their goal to be journalists.  The have opinions and
> push their point of view, and if that drives traffic and eyeballs to the
> website, then the editors and owners are happy.
> 
> But there are many real journalists out there, who do take the time to
> check facts, etc.  They are the minority, but they exist.  A good
> journalist does not just take a LibreOffice blog post and turn it into an
> article.  But they won't just take an AOO blog post and run with that
> either.  They need real news, something worth writing about, not just
> vaporware, speculation or inflated claims.
> 
> I'm starting to create a list of "real" journalists who cover this area and
> who have given neutral to positive coverage of AOO, along with their
> contact information.  It will be important to reach out to them when we
> have real news that may be interesting to them.  We need to do the leg
> work.  We can't depend on them coming to us.   For obvious reasons I'm not
> sharing the details of my list on the mailing list, but if anyone wants to
> help in this effort, let me know and I can share the information.

I agree that we have to become more active and do our part of the story
well. If we don't talk about what we are doing and don't let people know
about it, it is of course our problem.

Juergen



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