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Stop Blair - Make the Media Aware!

by Almanax Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 11:51:30 AM EST

A key element for making the petition successful is to take active steps to sustain and accelerate the momentum of media coverage which will both inform people about the existence of the petition, legitimate it as a large and serious effort and in turn generate more coverage.

A good way to generate media coverage is to collect email-addresses of newsmedia in this thread and have Eurotrib readers write emails and send them off to all outlets of the same language. There are two benefits to this: Firstly, most people are more likely to fire off a short email if they don't have to look up email addresses first. Secondly, locals and nationals of certain regions and countries have a much better knowledge about which media outlets are worth contacting because they have large and possibly sympathetic audiences and/or are most likely to be responsive.


For instance, although the main broadcasters are an obvious target, there are also a number of websites and newspapers with huge audiences which are not generally very well known. To give an example, in my home province in Austria, there is a local media monopoly that dominates the newspaper and Internet-provider market. This local newspaper reaches more than a hundred thousand people daily and their online-portal, which also carries daily newsheadlines, probably also reaches many, many thousands.

Another example: In Austria there are a number of national newspapers, but the one that is probably most likely to carry a story on the petition online or in print is the left-of-center "Der Standard". In terms of audience, it may be useful to know that the right-wing "Die Krone" is by far the largest and most influential Austrian newspaper. A story in print or on their online portal would be a major success. If locals know particular editors and their email-addresses (rather than, for instance, just the general contact address of the channel) - even better!

I think a good email should be short and limited to the following points:

  • The main URL ( http://www.stopblair.eu/) and/or its language specific counterpart

  • A very brief outline of what it is ("Petition against Blair assuming the new office of EU President")

  • A statement that as a listener/national/reader you would welcome direct reporting on the petition, or at least the mentioning of it in related coverage.

  • Links to previous media coverage to legitimise the petition and show broad based interest in it (major links such as from the FT or BBC are particularly useful in this regard).

It would probably be best to avoid pre-written sample emails which everyone sends unchanged as some sort of political spam. Better write your own very short but individual email and then send it off to all addresses that match your language in turn. Ideally, one would not copy all addresses into the same mail, but send the emails off individually and change the header in each case to the appropriate "Dear XXX Team,...). In the preliminary list for Austrian media below, I have always provided the name of the outlet that can be put into the XXX space above.

If people post addresses (and short description of what they are for and in which language), I can incorporate them into the main post here. I will also post the (German) email I have already written below as an example.

Please only post information that is publicly available and no internal email addresses etc.

    MEDIA CONTACTS

Note that many European newspaper websites can be found here: http://www.zeitung.de/

Austria:

1. Editor of political section of website of main left-of center national newspaper ("Der Standard")
Email: onlinepolitik@derStandard.at
Copy to: info@derStandard.at (main contact email for print and online editions)

2. Contact for main news-website of Austrian state TV & Radio broadcaster ("ORF")
Email: online@orf.at

3. Contact for Foreign Affairs section of largest Austrian newspaper ("Die Krone")
Email: ausland@kronenzeitung.at

4. Contact for popular Austrian late night TV news-show ("ZIB2")
Email: zib2@orf.at

5. Contact for national youth-radio broadcaster ("FM4")
Email: fm4@orf.at
Phone: +43-1-505-22-55

6. Contact for foreign affairs section of online portal of major tabloid "Oesterreich"
Email: welt@oe24.at

7. Contact for major Austrian political magazin "Profil"
Email: redaktion@profil.at

8. Contact for west Austrian online portal and news-site "Vorarlberg Online"
Email to editor (Mag. Elisabeth Gunz): elisabeth.gunz@teleport.vol.at

Germany:

1. Contact page of Germany's most popular news-website ("Spiegel Online")
Email from: http://www1.spiegel.de/active/kontakt/fcgi/lesermail.fcgi

2. Contact page for biggest German tabloid ("Bild")
Email from: http://www.bild.de/BTO/kddb,templateId=kddbContact.html

3. Contact page of "Die Tageszeitung" (TAZ) - the most left of center major German daily newspaper
Email from: https://www.taz.de/6/kontakt/

4. Contact for "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" (major South German newspaper and website)
Email: redaktion@sueddeutsche.de

5. Contact for "Handelsblatt" (major business newspaper)
Email - press releases for online edition: interaktiv.pm@vhb.de
Email - readers' letters for oline edition: handelsblatt.com@vhb.de
Email - readers' letters for print edition: hb.wipo@vhb.de

6. Contact page of major Berlin city newspaper ("Berliner Zeitung")
Email from: http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/kontakt/

7. Contact for the publication of the German Left Party ("Linkszeitung")
Email: leserbriefe@linkszeitung.de

United Kingdom:

1. Contact for free London METRO newspaper

Email (news editor):news.london@ukmetro.co.uk

Regional offices: news.manchester@ukmetro.co.uk, news.liverpool@ukmetro.co.uk, news.yorkshire@ukmetro.co.uk

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A somewhat long example email in German:

Sehr geehrtes XXX Team,

Ich wollte Sie auf eine eben angelaufene europaweite Petition zur Verhinderung von Toni Blair als den ersten Präsidenten der Europäischen Union aufmerksam machen. Über Blairs Ambitionen auf das Amt wurde ja schon weitläufig berichtet (z.B. vom Economist: http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10534683). Die Petition hat innerhalb kürzester Zeit viele tausend Unterschriften gesammelt und ist in den letzten Tagen schon mehrfach in den europäischen Medien erwähnt worden:

Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/76e47d4e-d354-11dc-b861-0000779fd2ac.html
BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2008/02/tony_blair_and_the_race_for_th.html
Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/05/wblair105.xml
Le Monde: http://www.lemonde.fr/web/depeches/0,14-0,39-34218757@7-50,0.html
La Libre Belgique: http://www.lalibre.be/breaking_news_detail.phtml?news_id=89994&source=belga

Die Ernennung eines geeigneten Europäischen Präsidenten im Rahmen des Vertrags von Lissabon ist von größter Bedeutung für Österreich und Europa, weswegen ich eine Erwähnung der Webseite (entweder direkt oder im Zuge der allgemeineren Berichterstattung) sehr begrüßen würde. Die deutsche Version hat die URL: http://stopblair.eu/indexde.html

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

xxx

by Almanax on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 11:56:53 AM EST
Once we have a more comprehensive list, maybe we could add a link on the main petition site saying something like:

"Tell your friends and local media [LINK TO LIST] about this petition!"

by Almanax on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 12:04:34 PM EST
I am still at work for the next 6 hours or so, but I will have a more comprehensive list for Austria and a first list for Germany ready by tomorrow morning European time.

If you know your country's media, post the links and addresses here in the comment thread and I will incorporate them above.

by Almanax on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 01:18:55 PM EST
Good work.

Make sure to get details for the free daily paper in those countries where available (I suspect they usually have the highest circulation).

And if all else fails, a letter to the editor is always worth a shot.

by det on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 03:10:29 PM EST
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In Switzrland the daily free paper is 20 Minuten, so a German version could be sent there too. (Sorry no link at the moment)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:23:53 AM EST
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Actually, using your German text suggestion, I went ahead and sent it to 20 Minuten myself...don't know if it will get any traction...but lets see...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:38:45 AM EST
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Someone could help by jumping on this guardian story and posting the URL that was chopped from my comment.

HTML doesn't work, so simply posting it as stopblair.eu would be a good idea.

(Otherwise I'll do it at 16:20 NZST = 03:20 GMT apparently)

by IdiotSavant on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 09:58:45 PM EST
Someone's just done it, thanks.
by IdiotSavant on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 10:16:58 PM EST
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In an encouraging sign, a story about "stop blair" was at the top of the MyYahoo International news feed this morning.
by Zwackus on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 10:36:55 PM EST
Following last nights News appearence in the UK i'd expect another rush of signatgures just after 9 this morning then again around lunchtime, from people who only have internet at work.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 03:49:06 AM EST
6759...
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 05:53:08 AM EST
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7145

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 07:46:51 AM EST
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7471...
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 09:12:14 AM EST
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7697 ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:16:05 AM EST
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I suspect that this is kite flying and automated, but anyway...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 07:46:16 AM EST
Hello everybody,

I emailed Rue89, a french news website that was started by ex-Liberation Journalists. They're getting bigger and somewhat represent the new French journalism: less preoccupied by relationships with politicians, and genuinely interested by blogging. Their motto is 'three voices for information: journalists, experts, bloggers'. They are interested in frontpaging a story about the genesis of the Stop Blair petition, with more of an emphasis on the collaborative aspects. It may be start of in depth coverage in the french media.

I'm no that good a writer myself, for one. the other thing is that it may be interesting to write the story oursleves, as a group. Although rue89 is in French, it's probably a good idea to write in english -- so that it's reusable elsewhere - and then translate to French.

So, anyone in?

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine

by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 09:58:05 AM EST
This is great, I'll pass this on..

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:25:48 AM EST
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I think we run this by Melanchthon, he is clearly a good writer and the petition began with him.

Starting from the French and back into English would be most efficient imho.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:31:48 AM EST
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Sounds good to me: writing in English opens the project to more people, but I have no objections. I will write both at the same time, if anyone wants to jump in.

I'll email Melanchthon then.

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine

by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:37:42 AM EST
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Great media contact, by the way!

I said French just because that's Melanchthon's native language, the petition itself was drafted in French and the media being written so is French too, so getting the copy out would be quicker that way. (That might actually be presumptuous of me as he writes excellently in english obviously too.)

We've of course many people here who can translate either way, and splitting up the load, do so very quickly either way so I guess whatever works best is best...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:44:25 AM EST
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Do you have an email address? mine works if you can reply directly.

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 11:09:26 AM EST
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can't seem to make it work...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 11:38:56 AM EST
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Can you play with holopherne -that weird a- gmaildautcom?

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 11:42:23 AM EST
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silly me.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 11:44:06 AM EST
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Good work, Estran!

I'm in (while open to and hoping for collaboration with others as always), but do they indicate how soon they want something?

If you want, you know where to mail me.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:36:23 AM EST
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Hello,

What's the usual collaboration platform? frequent emails or google shared docs? What's you take on the language? French sounds good, after all we can translate later.
I just asked how soon they wanted it.

They also say 4000 characters is best.

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine

by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 10:43:55 AM EST
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See also


We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 11:54:49 AM EST
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thanks, this will be very useful!

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Fri Feb 8th, 2008 at 12:01:16 PM EST
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Hey, we've just passed the petition that called for surfboats on BA flights! Thanks for the frontpaging, ORF.

And congratulations, Almanax, I suppose.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu

by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Sat Feb 9th, 2008 at 12:34:41 PM EST
we're still 100 short of that at #33 in the chart, but we've been the most active for at least two days.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 9th, 2008 at 12:53:16 PM EST
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You did actually look it up? Hehe.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu
by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Sat Feb 9th, 2008 at 03:54:50 PM EST
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