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Press - friend or foe?

This campaign tip (no. 56) was published on Monday, 25th February 2019
If you're campaigning for something, the press can be your lifeblood - helping to propel your case to public view. But beware - they can also be the 'death' of you looking for a sensational story to help them sell their product.

You get to know the individual outlets ... who's going to be sniffing around in a sea of positive news looking for the one case / story that stinks, and who's going to run with a positive story and let you be the "good guy".

It's the radio and TV interviews where you sometimes feel your playing a fast-moving game. "Can you come o n at 17:50 [local radio] - sorry it will be short - to talk about the debate in parliament" ... followed by a phone call at 17:50 to say "We've rejigged the schedule - is 18:15 OK". Yes ... but I still expected it to be short and not an 8 minute wide ranging slot in which the interviewer challenged rail fares Swindon to Paddington as being extortionate - and here I am as a campaigner to encourage rai use!
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Contact details

These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at-
Or reach me on the Coffee Shop Forum (User Grahame) facilities

What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018

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