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I don't think the wiki has ever had a press release, but it's a really great way to get picked up by local media. Let's face it, newspapers, magazines, TV stations are lazy, most news you read/see comes from a press release. However, we can't just say "PRESS RELEASE: Davis Wiki IS" Press releases pertain to an event. We're about to hit 5000 pages, so have at it.

For the newbie: Here's a few tips on [WWW]How to Write a Press Release. Some points are irrelevant, but pay special attention to #6 and what it says about the first paragraph of a press release.

Should we set a deadline for the final draft? Or at least a target date? As a point to be contested, I suggest that we have it done by Thursday at Noon. Then, also, is someone already assigned the task of sending it off to the appropriate media outlets?

    1. Places to send a press release:
    2. Alternative Drafts that YOU Should Revise (in progress)
      1. A
      2. B
      3. C
      4. D

Places to send a press release:

Does anyone know how much lead time these media outlets need? Does it matter if we get the news out a few days after it happens? Well, now that the 5000th Page is here the issue is sort of forced.

Alternative Drafts that YOU Should Revise (in progress)

(Keep in mind, it can be short!)

Feel free to quote yourself!

A

DavisWiki, an online community-built website, reaches yet another milestone: 5,000 pages of information, commentary, directions, and people. The website is an interconnected community effort to explore, discuss and compile anything and everything about Davis. DavisWiki is maintained by the people who use it: anyone can edit the website and contribute to the project.

The 5,000 page milestone will be celebrated by (insert planned events here)

DavisWiki is a central resource for finding out what's going on in town. The 5000 pages include current events in Davis, insightful history, reviews of restaurants and businesses, and information about little known community gems.

Web links: [WWW]http://daviswiki.org

B

Davis California is as well known for its eccentricities as it is for its grass-roots devotion to a small-town community lifestyle. Recently community members have crafted a unique Internet niche for the city as well. Over the past year, hundreds of volunteers from this agricultural college town have been documenting and compiling an enormous website, known as the DavisWiki, with information and pictures concerning all aspects of this city's culture, history, and day-to-day life. This week the DavisWiki reached a milestone of 5000 pages, all of which were created and continue to be revised by anyone and everyone (maybe even you!) with an interest in the city and community of Davis. Anyone can log on and easily edit pages in the website with only entry-level keyboard and mouse skills. This ease of use, along with the many fascinating Davis-oriented subjects covered, are fueling the explosive growth of the website. Log on and learn something new. Or share with others your perspective on some aspect the city. [WWW]http://www.daviswiki.org

C

Davis California is as well known for its eccentricities as it is for its grass-roots devotion to a small-town community lifestyle. Recently community members have crafted a unique Internet niche for the city as well. Over the past year, thousands of volunteers from this agricultural college town have been documenting and compiling an enormous website, known as the Davis Wiki, with information and pictures concerning all aspects of this city's culture, history, and day-to-day life. This week the Davis Wiki reached a milestone of 5000 pages, all of which were created and continue to be revised by anyone and everyone with an interest in the city and community of Davis.

The depth and detailed information on the Davis Wiki is remarkable for locally oriented websites of its kind, blowing all the conventional and commericially-created local guides and portals out of the water.

We need examples of random and useful pages to place right here. See [WWW]this blog entry for an example of what I mean (she talks about Davis Wiki in it).

This difference in quality and content is due largely to the freely editable nature of the website. The unique form of the website, known as a "wiki," means that anyone can log on and easily edit pages in the website with only entry-level keyboard and mouse skills. This ease of use, along with the many fascinating Davis-oriented subjects covered, are fueling the explosive growth of the website.

UC Davis graduate student Craig Brozinsky treats the DavisWiki as a consumer advocacy tool. "I constantly hear about mechanics and landlords taking advantage of students in Davis. The Daviswiki provides a forum to publicly acknowledge dishonest practices and promote more community-minded businesses."

D

(For when we reach 7500 non-redirect pages)

DavisWiki, ( daviswiki.org ) a free online community-built website, has reached an important milestone. Collectively the users have contributed content about Davis and edited it. This [Date reference] they created their 7500th page of content. The volunteer effort has resulted in a resource that contains information about Davis spanning everything from businesses to bands, City Council to Local Wildlife. 7500 pages is significant because that is the worldwide standard by which to separate the little wikis from the big ones.


(commentary for C) I think B is much better than A, but the bottom portion seems a bit confused. It goes from "I don't know what Davis is" to "log on and edit!" — a confusing message because there are two potential targets: those in Davis and those outside Davis. Also, I like the idea of including some quotes, and it makes it way easier for newspapers to write articles. Most news writing is, after all, "filling the space around quotes."' I think it might be good to get as many quotes from townspeople as possible that have 'good titles'.

Also, there's no reason to be modest in a press release. Press releases are basically fluff and they're read as fluff.

Sorry guys, but B and C are just too convuluted and pretensious. We're trying to write a press release here, not get a B in freshman English. Get to the damn point. Are we trying to advertise Davis the city, or DavisWiki? If it's the latter, than lead with it. THe news should go in this order: Several-word description of what DavisWiki is, followed by the fact that it a 5000 page milestone. Then, the importance of the milestone and the fact that DavisWiki is one of the biggest community wikis. Then talk about whatever gathering you're going to have to celebrate. Then a fuller description of what a wiki is. Then examples of cool pages and why this site is so helpful. THEN, all the flowery BS about how great Davis and Davis wiki is.

And for shi*t's sake, don't use the verb "blowing." - ApolloStumpy

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