Y2K & Media

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I guess this is as good a place as any to post this, 'tho I think there maybe redundancy. Anyway, here's my contribution to Y2K Awareness: The Foundation for American Communications (FACS) invites your media to visit and bookmark Y2K Media Room. Heres what to tell them:

The Year 2000 computer bug is a challenging story, demanding that news people report solid information without causing panic or paranoia. Instead the aim is to help audiences understand circumstances, assess options, be prepared, and stay up-to-date with the status of key concerns.

Responsible Y2K coverage requires extra forethought, organization and research - a daunting challenge during breaking news events. The media can be part of accurate information dissemination and public education - or news organizations can inspire panic with sloppy reporting.

The Y2K story won't be over on Jan. 1, 2000. So Y2K Media Room. won't just count down, butwill also be around for the duration of the aftermath.

Minimal registration is required. Here's how it works:

1) Point your web browser to http://www.facsnet.org.
2) Select Top Issues.
3) Select any issue therein and the registration form will be made available.
4) Upon submitting the completed form back to the server, return to Top Issues and select Y2K MEDIA ROOM (which will be visible only after registration). Pages include:

Y2KClassroom Lounge
Y2K-by-Region Notebook
Y2K-by-Beat Audience feedback
Y2KMedia-Sites Y2KSources
Y2KGlossary Y2 Themes

Relevant comments and information warmly welcome.

CONTACT: Gary Gach
FACS Y2K Resource Director
1243 Broadway 4
San Francisco CA 94109-2771
415 / 771-7793

-- Gary Gach (y2k@word.to), March 13, 1999

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