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Announcing the Spotlight Project

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We’re pleased to announce a new feature on our site — working with The Spotlight Project, we’re going to be offering a way to email individual posts to specific journalists and media outlets with your own personal commentary.  It’s a work in progress and since FDL has a wonderfully engaged readership, we’ll ask for your patience and participation in test-driving this new feature.

At the bottom of each post you’ll now see a "Spotlight" tag next to the permalink.  Clicking it takes you to The Spotlight Project, which offers you a list of contact information which allows you to forward the post of your choice to specific journalists.  I’ll ask that folks consider several things when doing this:

  • Please be polite and reasonable.  We don’t want folks to get angry and up-in-arms over a bunch of ad hominem attacks.
  • Since it’s a serious tool that could have a profound effect as we try to re-shape the dominant narrative with key opinion makers, abusing it could not only lessen its effectiveness, it could neutralize it completely.
  • Praise is just as important — if not more so — than criticism.
  • We may have some initial birth pangs, so if you have any problems please report them here.

This is a very exciting new feature with a lot of promise and I’m sure others in the blogosphere will be watching to see how it goes on its initial test launch here at FDL.  Please take it for a spin and let us know your impressions in the comments. (Might I suggest following up on journalists who have printed Dan Gerstein’s bogus allegations about site hacking that were never substantiated?  That certainly fell into a media black hole after its damage was done, and I don’t think those base fabrications should be allowed to dissappear quite so painlessly.)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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