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From: Hisham Mundol <>
Subject: Press Coverage: Request for Voices & Faces!
Date: September 12, 2011 3:38:04 PM GMT+05:30
To: Wikimedia India Community list <>
Cc: CherianTinu Abraham <>, Moka Pantages <>

Hi Folks

In the last couple of days, we've had a couple of really insightful, well-written articles on Wikipedia and you, the community.

I want to acknowledge the behind-the-scenes work of Tinu and Moka.  (Most of you know Tinu - who's a community member based out of Bangalore.  For those of you who don't know, Moka handles Global Communications for the Wikimedia Foundation.)  They have worked on making sure that we convey the right messages as well as making the articles as inclusive of as many community members as possible - by covering the stories of as wide a range of editors as possible.  The result of their work is the high-quality articles I've referenced above.

  1. We will continue to get requests from the press and I'd love to have them tell the tales of an even larger and more varied group of community members.   It'll help to convey the diversity and magic of the community.  Can I request you let Tinu and I know (offlist please) if you are willing to be interviewed by journalists in future?  Every one of your stories will add emotion to an article - no matter how simple or otherwise your story is. 

  2. Also, a practical issue that we are facing is that we don't have enough print-quality images of community meet ups.  Can you please add as many high-resolution images of as many community meet ups, outreach events, etc. as you can to Commons ( so that the press can access it more easily - and they can celebrate the human face of Wikipedia in newspapers and magazines?

Many thanks.

Warm Regards,