Welcome to MediaReality an e-discussion "The appropriation of traditional and new media for development - whose reality counts?" hosted by the FAO Communication for Development Group Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE).
The e-Forum is structured as follows:
There is the main e-Forum called MediaReality-L which allows for the exchange of day-to-day information. This space is mainly used by the Moderator to facilitate communication amongst the participants. It is a hallway participants go through to then be able to go to their individual meeting rooms, called Comchat1 and Comchat2. These two discussions should be considered inter-related and they will run parallel to each other.
The intention is that at some stage in the discussion, all forum participants get together (perhaps in another conference room) to discuss overlapping issues and begin to explore ways in which the two themes can merge and find common ground.
In order to get into the separate Comchats you must first ensure that you are subscribed to MediaReality-L and then decide which Comchat you want to participate in and consequently subscribe to it.
To join, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject blank, and the following one-line text in the body:
or simply send an e-mail to MediaReality-Moderator@fao.org indicating:
Please note that no other text should be added to the message (such as mail signature), otherwise FAO's mailserv facility will reject the subscription request.
To facilitate the discussion of the different themes, and to allow the participants to zoom in on their specific interests, as they are outlined in the Issues Paper, we have divided MediaReality into subsidiary "rooms". These are called Comchat1 and Comchat2.
To join Comchat1, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject blank, and the following one-line text in the body
subscribe Comchat1 (or subscribe Comchat2)
The same procedure applies to subscribing to Comchat2. Should you have any difficulties subscribing, you can send an email to MediaReality-Moderator@fao.org.
To unsubscribe from a Comchat, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject blank, and the following one-line text in the body
unsubscribe Comchat1 (or unsubscribe Comchat2)
To unsubscribe, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject blank, and the following one-line text in the body
For further information on the e-Forum, contact MediaReality-Moderator@fao.org
In order to make a contribution to the main e-Forum, send an e-mail to MediaReality-L@mailserv.fao.org
If you want to send an email to one of the Comchats, send an email to either Comchat1@firstname.lastname@example.org or Comchat2@mailserv.fao.org
In order to base the discussion on experience and findings from the field, participants are encouraged to discuss and share information from case studies. The case studies should document practical experiences and findings on:
The e-forum will be held mainly in English however submissions in Spanish and French will be accepted and posted along with a short summary in English.
The e-forum will be moderated by the Communication for Development Group (SDRE) based at FAO Rome, Italy. The Group will ensure that the discussion remains focused and that messages are not repeated. It will also deal with any technical difficulty that might arise during the e-forum.
The Moderators are the to maximise the effectiveness and ensure the smooth running of the e-forum. They reserve the right to screen messages before they are posted to make sure they adhere to the basic rules and regulations of the e-forum and to carry out a relevance check. This is in no way to limit the views expressed by the participants. In the end, we encourage and welcome a diversity of views and want you to speak your mind.
The Communication for Development Group would like to thank you for your interest in the e-forum!