Last night in the Strategy meeting we identified that there is a shortage of media which is Sympathetic to Pirate ideals. There is currently no Pirate themed news agency in Australia
There is an identified need for media attention, and most major media outlets are already focused on political stories which fit their own agenda, leaving little room for them to take any notice of us.
We release Facebook, Twitter and Media Releases, which promptly get ignored, which compared to Liberal/National, Labor & The Greens, anything they say is automatically news. Some outlets even treat their word as gospel.
Just the other day, The West Australian did a big piece on UBI, which we probably have the most to say about it than anyone else in Australia, but nobody paid us any attention.
So what are some ways to become engaged in the media landscape? There are various structures I have thought of, or maybe a combination of the following:
- Find existing publications/editors who are sympathetic to our causes and ask for more attention
- Restructure Pirate Party Australia itself to work like a Media Organisation as the primary function.
- Alternatively, have a The Pirate Bureau (or similar subordinate of PPAU) be the funnel for all public facing activities of The Pirate Party.
- Have a “Pirate Media” section of PPAU act semi-autonomously as a News Agency
- News Agency in this context means a portal where daily visitors would want to visit to get informed opinion, report of current events, and hear advocacy of a certain agenda. It is also a primary source of newsworthy items, of which other news agencies may use us as a source.
- Semi-autonomously could mean acting like similar to how a State Branch would, like a “Virtual Branch” where it’s location area is anywhere which doesn’t have a physical presence.
- Note: “Pirate Media” is a placeholder name, but this idea is not ready for naming yet. Please, no suggestions on name.
- A bunch of Pirates/Pirate-thinking people could get together and form their News Agency completely independant of Pirate Party Australia but still focused on similar issues that we are.
- Some advantages:
- Completely impartial, free of influence of PPAU except for policy/positions they actually agree with
- Freedom to criticise PPAU
- Can play the nonpartisan card (just mark sure not to use “Pirate” in the naming to avoid confusion)
- Easier to engage with people of other political persuasions or where non-partisan is important
- Frees up resources of the National Council
- Some advantages: