Today I was contacted by a writer asking to interview me for an article about OSCE, but I don’t think OSCE interviews should just be with one person. One of our core concepts is that we should be moving away from the current (false) idea of great ideas or great designs resulting only from individuals. Instead, we should be highlighting the collective story of OSCE - showing what can be achieved when effective structures allow diverse minds with different perspectives to co-create together.
So far, my experiences with talking about open source with journalists has been… rather mixed. I have had excellent experiences with a few people who have really put in the time to understand and communicate the concept for a broader audience (shoutout to Christtoph Gurk and This Way Up!) but then there were many, many more journalists who I felt were not really listening, who were more interested in gathering quotes to support their preconceptions than in actually learning something new. I also find myself repeating the basic FAQ over and over without being given the chance to present different sides of the open source concept for different audiences.
We need our engagement with the press to be valuable and manageable for us, and I’d like journalists to be able to have a little taste of the open source experience, to hear the different viewpoints of our community and understand how we work together. So instead of a normal interview structure, let’s experiment with an Ask Us Anything thread.
It’s similar to the Reddit Ask Me Anything model - think of it as an ongoing open press conference. And although I have journalists in mind right now, anyone can ask questions, the answer may come from anyone who is participating in the OSCEdays. There may be more than one answer to your question. If you’re a journalist and you’re worried that having questions and answers in public like this will mean missing out on a ‘scoop’, then by all means ask us about it!
We are happy to present a few viewpoints to explain how and why this process can actually be more valuable for you than a traditional interview. But hopefully the experience will be enough to convice you
There’s a how-to-guide here if it’s useful.
So please, scroll down, hit Reply,
and Ask Us Anything!
Using this content:
Normally content on the OSCEdays website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA), but to make it easier for journalists to use this material, responses in the Ask Us Anything thread are licensed under the more permissive Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
That means that you can use this material however you like, all you need to do is to mention somewhere in your article that your quotes came from here, and please provide a link to this thread if you can!