Following the model of the very successful East Kingdom Gazette and Aethelmearc Gazette, I have launched the Midrealm Gazette at http://www.midrealmgazette.org . This is intended to be a central source of timely information for the Kingdom. While it is not an official publication of the Society, my intent is to make it as authoritative and as reliable as possible. All members of the Midrealm and the Society will be invited to submit items of interest for publication.
To do this successfully, I will need help. I’m looking to build a team of volunteer editors. Ideally, we should have one from each of the kingdom’s regions, as well as one from each of the major interest areas. You can see a list at http://www.midrealmgazette.org/about-the-midrealm-gazette/ . Editors would not be limited to their particular area. Our plan is that editors will be able to answer questions, reach out to their specific community for more information when needed and be aware of events we should cover. And, given that the Midrealm is so interconnected, sometimes it will be likely that another editor is the one with the information. It’s good to have editors in a variety of locations and with many interests, but we will be flexible about who covers what.
The qualities we are looking for in editors are:
- Comfort with computers and the internet
- Common sense
- Knowledge of current events in the kingdom and their implications
- Ability to recognize if a submission needs rewriting and turn a submission into an article
If this sounds like something you might be interested in working on, contact me directly (via private message on Facebook, or via email to phil [at] moyen.org) for more details.
Communication channels have become scattered and uncertain for Kingdom members. There are many social media options available, which means that no one option is primary. Given the way Facebook decides to show (or not show) posts to any one person, we cannot rely on it as a guaranteed way to send information out to the Kingdom at large. Plus, viewing Facebook posts requires people be members of Facebook, for good or ill. The Middlebridge email list is defunct, while fewer and fewer people look to email as their principal communications platform. The Pale, while still the official communications vehicle for the Kingdom, is not well-suited for current events. Meanwhile, the Gazette online news blog model has been running in the East Kingdom for a couple of years now and seems to be turning into a success story. It’s a good time to bring this concept to the Middle Kingdom.
Yours in service to the Midrealm and the Society,
Master Philip the Pilgrim, OP
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