On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 4:02 PM, Ruth Suehle <rsuehle(a)redhat.com> wrote:
A group of interested people gathered today to discuss breathing some
life into Fedora Weekly News (minutes below). What we concluded was that
we'd actually like to breathe some life into Insight and for FWN to become
an arm of that. To expound, here's the proposal:
- suehle, jbrooks, and iambryan have volunteered as editors
- We'd like to expand Insight to be more blog, web-magazine-style with:
- Short, informative content like you might think of FWN for
- Longer form stories, interviews, and articles
- The technical content that Fedora used to create to some extent for
Red Hat Magazine (which is in high demand but no longer exists)
- Cultivated content from Planet
- The content that Insight was already meant for, like Board meeting
minutes or announcements
- Fedora Weekly News would then become the weekly email newsletter of
highlights from what had been published on Insight that week.
- We'd like to see at least two writers/cultivators-of-content per beat
What we're looking for now is for someone to shout, "good idea!",
idea!", or "I was already halfway through with something like that!"
we continue down the path. "I'd like to help with a beat!" is also a good
FWN is one of the core stream to send the news to the Fedora Community,
technical magazines, and other respected communities of the world.
Since, I have been contributing at FWN, I have noticed the following
which might help in future:
1. Very keen interest to update the beat.
2. Very few response.
3. Sometimes, hard to select the news from the mailing stream.
The editing of the news is not the very challenging task but updating
the beat. Last time, the FWN was offered to automated the beat with a
script, but to manual procedure was chosen to make the contributors very
highly interest into the FWN. All these steps are now failed and it is
notwithstanding useless to release the FWN with only not more than three or
four contributors and with the two or three beats.
The FWN release hence been not published regularly since last couple
There is no offensive about all these, because FWN is part of marketing,
logistics, and the board. Very few contributors are interested to step
inside the vast news stream inside fedora and to me very few are actually
aware about it except those who really into it.
Every idea has certain consequences unless you ever try. Here is my
recommendation rather ideas:
1. To make the beat automated and let the editors collect their news.
(It will be a giant beat in this case)
2. The readers love the following:
1. Make things faster, lighter, much effective, pictorial, one
word or one sentence understanding with the whole news, more
but less words, and only those information that they want to
use or read.
(here we must analyze who we send the news, and what they
2. The FWN has to be send into the following format:
1. Make Tile
2. Contributors Name(Fedora Format)
3. Date and time of the news
4. Abstract (It is hard for those who have no idea about making
5. The original link of the news and sources
1. Make things non-technical for readers- there are lot who
ignores reading technical news. We have our original link for
loves technical details.
1. Make three types of news within one email:
1. One page gorgeous and colorful information Headlines(Link
connected to the beat) and their abstract.
2. The regular beat for highly technical people until 3-a is on
the people's plate.
3. Make things readable from iPad, cell phone, and related.
1. To appreciate the contributors, make some gorgeous title for
those beat writers, editors, and contributors inside FWN alike "FWN
Monkey", "Junior FWN", "Fedora Junior", "FWN
or whatever the community loves.
2. The organogram of FWN-
1. The logistics board or the editors(who only review the content)
before the news leads into public.
2. The editors(who is responsible to publish the news) to make the
news non-technical with all the information.
3. The beat writers (I always believe is manual for those who
really wants to works, but love automated when things go wrong.)
4. Contributing writer for thread and original link.
No wonder, the FWN must be ready to adopt the technical stream of news.