2009/4/21 phoebe ayers <brassratgirl(a)gmail.com>
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 know, that is why I sent the suggestion :)
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).
I think a press release would be better if it brought something really new,
since then the value to media is higher. Then you can play the media, and
make sure also the ones that are paying attention get the information you
want them to get. Two times half a story make less chance to the paper then
one good one.
But whatever the community wants me to do is fine :) Just let me know.
Not sure if we have enough time to arrange a poll. Perhaps you could delay
the result for that a little more? ;-)
On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 1:32 PM, Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)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
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.
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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
2009/4/21 Joseph Seddon <josephseddon(a)googlemail.com>
Don't shoot for PR, just try to make the best
can so that the conference runs smoothly, not
Its to do with having a high degree of professionalism.
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