Re: What would you like in your cohousing.org news section
From: Joanie Connors (jvcphdgmail.com)
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:32:45 -0800 (PST)
Do these news bits eventually get listed within the monthly magazine?
If not, maybe an occasional organizational news compilation
e-newsletter would work?

Sorry, but I don't regularly check the Coho website.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Craig Ragland <craigragland [at] gmail.com> 
wrote:
>
> Over the past several weeks, since some staff restructuring, I've been
> personally managing the "In the News" section.
>
> I'd like to get feedback or suggestions on the editorial approach I'm
> taking. Featured News appears on the Cohousing.org home page:
>
> http://www.cohousing.org
>
> This "pane" (about the center of the page) includes a subset of the news
> that appeasr on the "Cohousing In the News" page:
>
> http://www.cohousing.org/in_the_news
>
> We "feature" every news item when its first discovered on the home page,
> then "unfeature" less substantive items a few days later. This keeps a
> portion of the content on Cohousing.org Home Page as fresh as possible. I'm
> quite happy with this model, except for the hand-work involved - I'd rather
> they auto-expire from the homepage and we may move to that in the future.
>
> My main question is around what to include as "News" - here's an example
> article that I'm unclear about including:
>
> http://waldo.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyID=141715
>
> Personally, I like it - lots of fun photos, but it does appear in an
> online-only, local publication. In the past, for this section, we have only
> included news items that have also appeared in print, radio, or on TV - or
> content that is connected to larger media outlets. What do you think a shift
> to include online publications? Is it time for us to make this transition?
>
> Any insights on how to set a boundary around what online "articles" should
> and should not be included?
>
> At this point in time, I'm clear that I don't want Coho/US to make the time
> investment required to track or present a running list of the large number
> of cohousing blog posts, many of which are blatantly self-promotional. There
> may be a place for them on the Cohousing website, but not this particular
> section.
>
> Thanks for your attention.
>
> Craig Ragland
> Executive Director
> Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US)
> 425-487-3550
> http://www.cohousing.org
> craig [at] cohousing.org
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