Fwd: Re: Google Summer of Code press blog

Mel Chua mel at redhat.com
Sat Feb 27 10:27:47 UTC 2010

FYI - see below. Short version is that the Marketing team will soon get 
to practice its collaborative press release writing skillz with Kara for 
the Summer of Code announcement.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Google Summer of Code press blog
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:54:38 -0500
From: Kara Schiltz <kschiltz at redhat.com>
Reply-To: kschiltz at redhat.com
Organization: Red Hat
To: Mel Chua <mel at redhat.com>
CC: Karsten Wade <kwade at redhat.com>, "Paul W. Frields" <pfrields at redhat.com>

This all sounds good to me.  I can start working up some questions.


Mel Chua wrote:
> This all sounds totally awesome to me - would it be ok to forward this
> thread to
> https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/summer-coding to keep
> other GSoC organizers/mentors in the loop of what's going on with PR
> for this, and to
> https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/marketing so folks
> interested in press release writing can lend a hand?
> Re: collaborative writing - breaking it into a list of questions
> sounds great, and then maybe we can have a gobby (collaborative text
> editor) sprint to weave everything together? This does sound like a
> great opportunity for us to try out more collaborative-PR stuff.
> --Mel
> On 02/25/2010 05:31 PM, Kara Schiltz wrote:
>> Thanks, Karsten.  This is great.  I'll put a placeholder on our PR
>> pipeline for a GSoC press blog. I'm thinking we should be ready to go
>> with a shell for the blog and then we can just plug in Fedora as a
>> mentoring organization once Google makes the announcement on March 14.
>> That would allow us to maximize our time during the student application
>> window 3/14-3/29.
>> I'm up for suggestions on how to make this a collaborative project.
>> Maybe we pose a list of questions (who, what, when, where, why, etc) and
>> have folks break it up and each take a question to respond to? We can
>> then take those responses and weave them together into a press blog. I'm
>> open to any suggestions!
>> Thanks,
>> Kara
>> Karsten Wade wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 01:53:05PM -0500, Kara Schiltz wrote:
>>>> Hi Karsten,
>>>> Wanted to follow up on the GSoC Activity Day at SCALE last week. What
>>>> are your thoughts on doing a press blog sometime in March that's
>>>> focused on Google Summer of Code and what our plans are for 2010? We
>>>> could also tie in more about success and participation in prior
>>>> years. Let me know if enough details were fleshed out at SCALE to
>>>> create a compelling press blog on GSoC.
>>> Kara,
>>> This sounds like a good idea. We need to wait until at least 14
>>> March, after Google announces mentoring organizations. We presume
>>> we're natural to be on it, once we've applied, but there is never a
>>> guarantee.
>>> I'm including Mel on this because she is working on the GSoC project
>>> for the next week or so, and can help make sure we get this on the
>>> GSoC part of the Fedora Calendar. We could work it up as a next
>>> iteration on collaborative press release writing. :)
>>> Once we are sure we're in as a mentoring organization, there is a
>>> window until 29 March when student applications open. This is a prime
>>> time for generating publicity to target audiences:
>>> * Educators who can inform their students;
>>> * Students to work up quality proposals;
>>> * Existing community members to consider being a student in the
>>> program;
>>> * Existing community sub-projects who work with mentors;
>>> * Industry and other mentoring organizatiokns to notice what and how
>>> we're doing things while they are still happening.
>>> Having the 5-year report I did end of last year[1] is also good
>>> material to point at.
>>> By focusing on the essential audiences, I can see this being useful to
>>> the Fedora and JBoss efforts, all while demonstrating trusted open
>>> source leadership in action.
>>> - Karsten
>>> [1] My post and the report, which was derived from an internal report:
>>> http://iquaid.org/2009/11/04/summer-coding-benefits-to-fedora-project-and-jboss-org/
>>> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/GSoC_report_2009

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