This really is news, so I don’t know why the hell I’ve been sitting on it.
Jason Pitzl-Waters of the Wild Hunt blog is forming the Pagan Newswire Collective. The essential idea is a citizen-journalism run service that focuses on religious news as it impacts neopagans worldwide. Already on the table for coverage is the Parliament of World Religions in Australia. Members are still being sought worldwide who are willing to do local or global reporting.
As described on the site:
“The idea is simple: a pool of journalists and writers within the collective share sources and collaborate on dynamic and timely stories of interest to the Pagan community; media liaisons from various Pagan organizations pass along news and current events for possible coverage; editors, bloggers, podcasters, and other media outlets can call for submissions, collaborate with the collective, and negotiate with individual writer(s) to distribute finished product.”
If this works as envisoned, the result would be sort of like an Associated Press newswire for Pagan publishers to use worldwide – except it would be open source and not particularly obsessed with Sheperd Farey.
Note: I have applied for membership, and I would be interested to hear from anyone in Minneapolis/Saint Paul who would be interested in forming a collaborative reporting cluster. If you do contact me here or through a private email, please be patient – I don’t know what all the rules are for how this works yet. This is a really exciting project, the first of its kind that I know of in the Pagan community and I think the time is ripe. I’m very excited to see how this goes.