Sunday, March 27, 2005

WorldNewsTrust.org Is Live

Whew! It's rough, but it's there. Lemme know what you think. Cheers, Tad worldnewstrust.org

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Web Site For Text And Image Collection, Processing And Distribution Is In Prototype Phase

We're running tests and getting the kinks out. We almost opened early yesterday to break a big exclusive, but thought better of it, as we're not yet ready for prime time. Yet, it's a matter of days, not weeks, till we open the door to worldnewstrust.org. The site will still need some cosmetic work, but that's in the works as well.

Next step, a groupware site for project collaboration. I'll keep you posted. Chrs, Tad

Friday, March 18, 2005

We're Trying To Decide Topical Categories For Coverage

Here's a working list, in no particular order, except as they occured, and were suggested, to me. Suggestions, comments? Please lemme know. Cheers, Tad Goodwin

War & Peace
Energy
Finance
Science & Technology
Commentary
Politics & Government
Health
Business
Media
Quirks
Spiritual
Globalization
Environment
Poverty
Non-Gov't UN Orgs
Crime & Punishment

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wanted: Graphic Artist Photoshop Geek

We've installed a Xoops site for content delivery. Can you help design a logo and customize the appearance of the site? Please let us know. WorldNewsTrust@yahoo.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

I'm In Discussions With A Webmaster To Move Things Along

We're looking at the Mambo and Xoops content management systems, and discussing themes, etc. We should see a site up soon. Please contact me if you want some input on this. Cheers, Tad

Thursday, March 10, 2005

I've Been Working So Hard On The Project, I Haven't Updated This Blog Site Recently

The project has been moving along nicely for the past few weeks. I've purchased server space and I've been working on a Mambo-based web site for the project. I expect to have something up this weekend. I'll post information here and also e-mail it to project participants. Cheers, Tad Goodwin

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Hi Folks, I'm Researching Open-Source Content Management Systems For A Text Website -- Any Suggestions?

I'm taking the time to research open-source content management systems. I'm looking at PostNuke right now. Anybody have any suggestions? Please let me know. Cheers, Tad

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

John Wieglein, Head Of WNT Radio Project, Is Hospitalized

John Wieglein, head of the World News Trust radio project since 2002, has been permanently hospitalized, his family said.

Wieglein has suffered for years from lymphatic cancer. He was instrumental in launching a prototype WNT 24/7 web news and issues radio station in early 2003.

John was a radio personality and disk jockey in Buffalo during the 1980's and 90's. He is committed to advancing progressive issues and fair reporting of the news.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

The National Conference for Media Reform -- Anyone Else Want To Attend?

NCMR: Gathering. Momentum.
May 13-15 2005 - St. Louis, MO

Registration is now open!

Deadline for the early bird registration discount is March 15, 2005.

Click here to register or to learn more

conference overview

The 2005 National Conference for Media Reform will provide a forum to discuss visionary and practical solutions to the problems of our media.

The conference will bring together activists, media creators, academics, and policy-makers for three days of learning, sharing, networking and momentum-building.

Participants will:

  • Learn about media policy in the United States and abroad and discuss visions for a more public-interest-oriented media system in the United States;

  • Build skills for media reform activism;

  • Discover "who's doing what" in various sectors of media reform activism and hear about models for successful campaigns and actions;

  • Discuss goals and strategies for advancing positive media policy and increasing public participation in media policy-making;

  • Network and meet others interested in media reform.

The conference program will include three days of panel presentations, workshops, and discussion sessions, as well as a reception, video screenings, book signings, and keynote speeches and musical entertainment by renowned guests.

If you are a member of the press wishing to cover the event, please click here for information on receiving press credentials.

Please continue to check back for updated information.

Question or comment? Email conference AT freepress.net

World News Trust Will Cover Important Breaking News On Every Continent

We've been getting visits from folks around the world. Most site visitors are from the United States. Yet, we've had a number of visitors from Canada, Cyprus, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Australia, Sir Lanka, Slovakia and other interesting places.

WNT will be covering important breaking news wherever it is happening. WNT reporters, editors, anchors and producers can be located anywhere. Where do you want to work?

Friday, February 04, 2005

Register For This Site By Clicking On "Comments" Below Each Entry

You will have the opportunity to post as "anonymous," or to register your name or handle. After you register, the site will contact you with an invitation to join the World News Trust team and be a contributor to the site. We encourage your participation. Help shape the future of the independent news media! --World News Trust staff.

Reporters & Editors: If You Buy An AP Stylebook From This Site, WNT Gets $1.22

WNT joined the Amazon affiliates program and I put a link on the lower right for the AP Stylebook. If you buy the book, or anything else on Amazon after clicking through on the link, WNT gets 10%. So think of WNT next time you need to buy something from Amazon. You'll pay the same low price, but WNT will get much-needed funds. Cheers, Tad

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

gurbach Has Joined The WNT Blog As A Team Member

Welcome gurbach! I look forward to your input.

World News Trust Seeks Development Coordinator

The development coordinator will work under the direction of the managing director to coordinate all aspects of World News Trust's development efforts.

Duties include: Solicitation of donations and grants from foundations and individuals. Cultivation of potential donors; Research of potential funding sources; Stewardship of donors; Working directly with individual board members to engage them in development and assist them in fundraising; Tracking of fundraising progress; Management of the development database; Grant proposal writing.

Necessary skills and experience: Strong computer and writing skills; Exceptional customer relations skills. Experience with non-profit development and fundraising.

Pay is by commission. To apply contact Tad Goodwin, WNT project manager, at WorldNewsTrust@yahoo.com.

World News Trust Seeks Attorney For Incorporation

World News Trust is seeking an attorney knowledgeable about non-profits and intellectual property law to help with the incorporation of a 501(3)c non-profit company. Please comment here, or contact Tad Goodwin at WorldNewsTrust@yahoo.com

Monday, January 31, 2005

Blogger Users Need JavaScript Enabled For This Blogger Site To Function Properly

"Many programs have this as a simple option in Preferences, but it's a bit trickier in Internet Explorer. Go to Tools > Internet Options > Security and click the Custom Level button. Scroll down until you see the Scripting section and make sure that Active Scripting is enabled. Then click OK to all the windows until you're back at your browser." (Thanks to papau for this information.)

Pacific News Desk Has Joined The World News Trust Project As A Team Member

Pacific News Desk will direct World News Trust editorial coverage of the Pacific region.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Be Sure To Register And Post Comments

56 first-time visitors have viewed this blog since I set it up yesteryday. I'm pleased so many folks are interested in this site, and I want to encourage everyone to post comments, questions and suggestions.

You can post a reply to a comment, by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of each post. The link at the bottom of this post will say "0 comments," until someone makes a comment, then it will say "1 comments," etc. (There's some way to change the comment link to "Make a Comment," but it involves messing with the code in the template, and I'm not up for that today.)

You'll then be prompted to post either as "Anonymous," or to register and post with a user name. The choice is yours, but I encourage everyone interested in participating in this project to register and choose a user name.

If you register to this site, I can make you what the site calls a "Team Member," which will allow you to post your own topics to solicit the comments of others.

By the way, I've set up a World News Trust forum that I'm putting the finishing touches on. This will enable everyone to collaborate more effectively than is possible on this site.

Thanks for coming by. And thanks to the many of you who have e-mailed World News Trust at: WorldNewsTrust@yahoo.com, and those who have e-mailed me personally at FrancisGoodwin@yahoo.com and FMGoodwin@aol.com, with your words of support and encouragement and offers to help out. Cheers, --Tad Goodwin

Saturday, January 29, 2005

What Is World News Trust?

World News Trust is the working name of a two-year-old grassroots effort by hundreds of people from all walks of life to establish a non-partisan 24/7 independent news service with text, radio and TV distribution. I am the project manager.

We have received enthusiastic support and advice for the project from many media experts, including Noam Chomsky of MIT and Mark Crispin Miller of NYU.

The project had tremendous momentum until the second US invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003, when we began to encounter an array of problems that caused me to step back and take some time to consider various aspects of the project.

The November elections prompted me to get the project rolling again.

I decided to start from scratch -- from the beginning -- and to take the project through the various phases of a startup venture: feasibility, design, prototype, startup and operations.

Various participants have done a lot of work on the project already. In the run-up to the war we had begun distributing excellent original news stories on-line and to top wire services and newspapers. We had a prototype web radio station streaming progressive news programming, and we were in the process of producing original news content.

We had filled out paperwork with a well-known progressive attorney to set up a 501(3)c non-profit corporation. (The attorney mysteriously disappeared with a $2,000 retainer for the incorporation and other services. I hope he's OK.)

We have a good business model and a business plan that has attracted the strong interest of many potential sources of funding.

I am in the process of contacting participants to discuss the project. If you've been involved in the past, you'll be hearing from me soon.

If you are new to the project, Welcome! We are seeking volunteers in all areas. Even a suggestion or comment on this site will be useful. If you can help out, please leave your comment on this board, or contact me at worldnewstrust@yahoo.com.

I'll be posting to this blog regularly. You can receive RSS feeds of the posts if you would like.

Cheers

Welcome To The New World News Trust Weblog

Thanks for stopping by. This is a brand-new site, so you may be the first, or among the first, to view the site. Feel free to leave questions, comments and suggestions. At this time, there is no registration required to view posts, or to post replies to posts.