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You are the Free Republic—Enhancement and Initiative Announcement

Posted on 05/08/2012 3:35:15 PM PDT by Admin Moderator

We can’t rely on the media, even the alternative media. Free Republic is announcing a new initiative that gives you a platform. We want to leverage the most powerful minds on the right to make a difference. To do this, we want to bring a new level of activism, the citizen investigator. In the spirit of 1750’s The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Ben Franklin and of Andrew Breitbart.

For the longest time, our primary focus has been on looking at what the media presents and investigating it or discussing it. We have been missing something, YOU!

Jim has created a new news category, “FReeper Editorial” (freepered) for you to post your investigative reports. We are working on getting this promoted to a sidebar and other ways to promote your work but here are the basics.

No longer will quality vanities posted in this topic be frowned upon. Free Republic needs to become about you. We are tired of waiting for the media to come around to us, it is time we take our many, many members and become an army. What was once was your vanity is now your megaphone.

To do this right, we need your help. Initially, we are trying to have this as a smooth launch, and creating the new news category is a baby step towards something big. We ask just a few things.

  1. Keep this to stories you personally uncover or are a part of. This isn’t about saying what someone else has already said.
  2. No blog pimping. This is for exclusive Free Republic articles.
  3. Think about our big battle now. Please continue to post personal thoughts on history, religion, science, or whatever isn’t happening now news, in their appropriate categories.
  4. Keep it civil. Need we say more?
  5. No “hitting it”.
  6. Talk to us. Please let us know your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for this.
  7. Be open to the cultural change this means for the site. This is good, but it does involve change. This doesn’t mean that the Dan Rather case is a once in a decade event, but the model for a thousand similar events.
  8. It is up to you. Take part. Take Action. Have fun.

Stay tuned for more change, enhancements, and opportunities that go along with this. - Your friendly neighborhood Mod Squad with blessings of the big dog himself. We are not quite legion, but we are a bag of kittens.


TOPICS: Announcements; Breaking News; FReeper Editorial; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: 2012; adminlectureseries; citizenjournalist; editorial; elections; enhancement; fr; freepered; freepereditorial; freeperjournalists; freepthispoll; freerepublic; frjournalism; jimrobinson; keyword; modlectureseries; originalarticle
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Cheap laughs, absolutely not. No need for that. However, the occasional piece like this or this might work.

The key is quality. Crap must not be allowed to stay, or even be entered, into this new and important sidebar.

61 posted on 05/08/2012 4:13:57 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz; nathanbedford
There are two EXTREMELY high quality posters who's submissions will be amazing: nathanbedford and JohnHuang2. There are others, of course, but these two spring to mind.

That gets an amen from this corner. After skimming tbe "Breaking News", my daily routine is to check what nathanbedford has to say. There are, of course, many smart guys in this room but he's at or near the top of that list.

62 posted on 05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Admin Moderator
GREAT IDEA!

From a recent "Day by Day" cartoon:

Why's Damon doing journalism again?

Boredom.

Nobody ELSE is.


63 posted on 05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Admin Moderator; All
From the AM: ...expose establishment corruption? Here is your platform.

This here is where special grassroots diligence from ANY and ALL of us can be brought to bear...and bare the GoP-e! Time for a series of tea parties! Rebellion is BREWing!

64 posted on 05/08/2012 4:15:58 PM PDT by Colofornian (Mom when I grow up, I want 2B like Ike. Mom when I grow up, I want 2B a god from Kolob like Mitt.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Ping


65 posted on 05/08/2012 4:17:16 PM PDT by SueRae (The Tower of Sauron falls on 11.06.2012)
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To: Admin Moderator

Ping


66 posted on 05/08/2012 4:17:31 PM PDT by SueRae (The Tower of Sauron falls on 11.06.2012)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Admin Moderator
And the two articles I linked to, in #61, while they may have the quality that this sidebar is requiring, THIS article I would not even submit. The quality is too low and the humor is too base.

This is not the place to post articles that are only intended to shock, even in humor.

Of course, if the purpose of the sidebar is not to have any humor at all, I will certainly abide. The moderators will be my guide here.

67 posted on 05/08/2012 4:18:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Larry Lucido
Just to clarify

YES!

Blog your pimp THERE!

On a dare!

In yer hair!

On yer bus!

Full of pus!

Get yer Bling!

Makes you sing!

Ride that horse!

Of course! Of course!

Draw a Line

I'll not whine!

I'll give you a pass!

When they plant yer ass!

68 posted on 05/08/2012 4:18:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: Admin Moderator
we want to bring a new level of activism, the citizen investigator. In the spirit of 1750’s The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Ben Franklin and of Andrew Breitbart.

Sounds good. Just hope folks provide some sources and/or evidence for their info.

69 posted on 05/08/2012 4:19:41 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson; FReepers
Best defense is good offense !

Bravo lads & lasses   :-)


70 posted on 05/08/2012 4:19:53 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
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To: Admin Moderator

I like this.


71 posted on 05/08/2012 4:20:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Admin Moderator

BTTT!


72 posted on 05/08/2012 4:20:23 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: humblegunner; Larry Lucido
Larry’s blog is awesome and the excerpts are the best parts.

Yes, Larry is almost as good as you. :-)

73 posted on 05/08/2012 4:20:52 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Best news.


74 posted on 05/08/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT by PRePublic (9)
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To: Admin Moderator; re_nortex
...how about these items to serve as filtering mechanism?

Only those with sufficient tenure can post the initial article. Along with the born on date, perhaps limit this privilege to those who have actually engaged in discussions. This is to avoid the troll, the disruptive elements, blog pimps and the hit-and-run poster.

Since posting an article in this new forum is a special privilege, a check might be performed to limit it to those who have donated to FR. This gets rid of the freeloaders and ensures those who have a genuine stake in this site submit an article.


I second these excellent ideas by re_nortex. Would hate to have professional pols using the site only as a campaign stop for propaganda.

75 posted on 05/08/2012 4:22:09 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Interesting Times
Yes.

And now to quote Ronald Reagan:

"There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit."

Regards,

TS

76 posted on 05/08/2012 4:24:03 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: All

I agree with reply#48 by re_nortex in order to prevent abuse.


77 posted on 05/08/2012 4:24:48 PM PDT by PRePublic (9)
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To: bigheadfred

Thank you very much, bigheadfred!!


78 posted on 05/08/2012 4:25:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Just a teensy suggestion from the peanut gallery?

We need a “like” button along with “[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies | Report Abuse]” IMHO. What say you?

This would be for things that you agree with but not necessarily have an opinion to write about.


79 posted on 05/08/2012 4:25:23 PM PDT by LUV W (This space reserved for heroes)
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To: Admin Moderator; All; palin45potus
FWIW.
 
Right next to this thread is a vanity that I thinks qualifies for FReepered.
 


80 posted on 05/08/2012 4:26:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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