WMF did not send out a formal announcement, no, though wasn't there some sort of press release later? The past couple of years I have simply sent an email to wikimania-l and foundation-l, which gets the word out to most of the interested community members.

I don't think telling the community precludes sending a more formal press release later from either the winning chapter and/or the Foundation. Effe is right, that it's a good chance to build excitement locally, but I see one as an 'internal' announcement (even though it's public) and the other as an 'external' announcement (really making sure media sees it).

But whatever the community wants me to do is fine :) Just let me know.
-- phoebe

On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 1:32 PM, Jay Walsh <jwalsh@wikimedia.org> wrote:
I know that announcement will be quite important for the winning bid team - but it's just a matter of course to manage that.  It would be good for them to have some notice, perhaps a day or two, to prep a basic news release highlighting the news.

I don't think there's a huge risk of the news getting out.  Media would really need direction from the winning committee to get the full story.  So generally it would be better to be ready and confident with the news/announcement.

I don't believe WMF formally announced the winner of the upcoming year's WMania last year, but it might be a good way for us to help draw attention globally to Wikimania in more general terms... perhaps in the same big press release we could announce the 2010 location and then hopefully we'll have media registration for Buenos Aires ready?  Or if we haven't got anything new to report for BA, then we could just have a few quotes from both teams talking about Wikimania.


Jay Walsh
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On Apr 21, 2009, at 1:27 PM, effe iets anders wrote:

Maybe Jay could give his opinion as well, as the PR person from the WMF (in cc)


2009/4/21 Joseph Seddon <josephseddon@googlemail.com>
Don't shoot for PR, just try to make the best bid you
can so that the conference runs smoothly, not with glamour.

Its to do with having a high degree of professionalism.


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