Get your arse into gear

Action ItemsWe’re gratified by the response to this website particularly the offers to contribute BUT Five Minuted for Israel was designed as a user generated site. Now it’s time to start.
Start researching and sending in action items. Below are some suggestions on how to get started.

The focused approach

  1. Decide on a particular geographical (e.g. Hong Kong, Irish or Mid West English media, etc.) or social (e.g. Christian, professional or common interest media, etc) that you want to make your own.
    • BTW Let us know what you are covering.
  2. Research the English language press and record what media has the greatest circulation; writes about Israel or reprints from the agencies; permits on-line comments and has the greatest influence.
    • Set yourself a priority list.
    • Remember we are aiming for the first page of comments. 
  3. Subscribe to an alerts service to be informed of breaking news. The two I’m most familiar with are Google Alerts <http://www.google.com/alerts> and Yahoo Alerts <http://alerts.yahoo.com/> on an as-it-happens basis.
  4. [For now] send your Action item to david@5mfi.com
    • We are working on a system for you to post directly but please understand we can’t allow this privilege to everybody.

The case-by-case approach

  1. Follow breaking news. [Is their a contributor out there willing to do some research into sources?] Websites such as Reuters <http://www.reuters.com/>and the Drudge Report <http://drudgereport.com/>are useful here. Many on-line media sites also allow a RSS feed to your email.
  2. When a subject comes up enter it in the search engines. For example, Biden and Dubai are keywords I wouldn’t normally follow  but what a difference a day makes.  Many search engines enter breaking news and it becomes simple to locate suitable media for Action Items.
  3. [For now] send your Action item to david@5mfi.com
    1. We are working on a system for you to post directly but please understand we can’t allow this privilege to everybody.

Unnecessary (hopefully) tips for comments after Action Items

  1. Write and save your comment on a word processor. Often the same comment can be used on multiple sites.
  2. Use a Spelling and Grammar checker especially if English is your 2nd language.
  3. Keep it short and memorable.
  4. Now move your boomin’ arse† and start sending in Action Items.

† This is, of course, a literary reference to Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady and not an anal fixation. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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