Tell us how we can improve Green Left

Friday, September 7, 2012

We’re hoping to improve Green Left, and we need you to tell us how.

The mainstream media force their elitist ideas on audiences from the boardroom down. But Green Left is people-powered media, shaped by its audience.

As the multi-award-winning journalist - and strong Green Left supporter - John Pilger puts it: “Truth comes from the ground up, almost never from the top down.”

We’ve created a special email — GreenLeftFeedback@gmail.com — for you to send your ideas in.

Are there areas we are not reporting on that you’d like us to cover? Sports or entertainment, maybe? Are our articles too long? Too short? Too dry? Not in-depth enough?

Do you like the look of the paper or are there ways in which you think we could make it more appealing?

Do you like the way the website looks and works?

Do you like the look of our films on Green Left TV or are there ways we could improve?

Are there other formats in which you’d like to receive Green Left - as a phone app, for example?

As always, if you have suggestions, you might also think of ways you could help make them happen. Perhaps you’re a designer, a programmer, a photographer, a writer, or film producer.

Perhaps you’re good with people, in which case you’d be great at selling the paper at protests, stalls and in the street.

Or if you feel you don’t have any of these skills, perhaps you know someone who has.

In any case, everyone can help increase Green Left’s audience by getting our coverage seen by a wider audience.

Therefore, when you’re finished with your paper, don’t just recycle it - always leave it somewhere it will get picked up and read. Anywhere with a captive audience is good, such as on a train or bus, in a doctor’s waiting room or café. Maybe you know a library, progressive shop or record store where you can leave your copy.

If you access it only online, remember to share articles and videos on Twitter, Facebook or just email them on. Every bit helps.

We look forward to hearing from you at GreenLeftFeedback@gmail.com

From GLW issue 936

Comments

simple history on a variety of topics

I was just researching on the history of the Peach Pilgrimage from Lake Eyre to Japan which started in 2003, and found that their official website had been let expire, and same I couldn't find anything on the internet about the State Of Emergency conference in Melbourne, ( I think also in 2003) and would see the need for a long time left media entity such as Green Left, to collaborate with activist organisations to have these things stay on line for the long term.
It may be to seek out and save these websites, and then talking to the organisations about mirroring them within Green Left or some kind of network.

the word left

I think the green left weekly is an excellent publication that informs and educates people with subjects that main stream corporate newspapers cannot and will not do. However the word left to me is not relevant. Humans are about community, transparency, communication, cooperation, problem solving, engagement and reflection. We do all these things as a group; whether we are from the left or the right, rich or poor religious or not so much, at the end of the day we are human; and as humans we need information to plan and create a future for all living things. Not just for a few. Does that sound too much to ask for.

just to add

of course, what I meant to say above was that this morning I have already read several international 'sources' and not 'articles.' It just underlines the point that with such ready availability of sources from overseas, reading stuff in GLW a week later is just a bit stale.

Another suggestion, of course, is to improve the links between the hard copy and internet sources. For example, publications from New Internationalist to the (London) Financial Times will have an article in the hard copy and at the end it will have links to further information, background material, etc. This is done sometimes in GLW but not as much as it could. It that case, GLW hard copy becomes the start for those stories one is really interested in, rather than a stand-alone end product.

feedback

I have lots of ideas, but just one is to reduce the international coverage and to expand the Australian coverage.

The international coverage is about the same proportion of the newspaper as it was in 2000, but since then there has been the internet expansion. Finding out international stories is easier than ever. For example, this morning I have already looked at three international news stories. You can't do that with Australian-generated stories (ie, with GLW reporters in the field). Either stories about Australian issues are found in GLW or they are found nowhere else.

GLW can only be a second-rate source for international news. The internet has it all. But GLW is absolutely first-rate when it comes to Australian coverage. There is nowhere else to get it.

Another suggestion is that there are biographical details about journalists. Who, exactly, is Jay Fletcher? Or Pip Hinman? No one knows, unless they are part of a very small number of people who know these people by reputation or personally. Having a biographical note about a person's expertise in an area changes the reliability of an article. After all, this is what the mainstream press has been doing for ages.

Also, let's drop references to "Fidel." It really makes GLW sound like cultists. Outside of Latin America and very sophisticated political people, referring to Fidel sounds really weird.

I also think it would be good if GLW became a left newspaper, and not a Socialist Alliance newspaper. This would mean covering stories and allowing viewpoints which SA does not agree with. It would make for genuinely interesting discussion, rather than the repeat of viewpoints which are already known.

Dale Mills