New RISC OS news site opensBy Chris Williams. Published: 1st Jan 2004, 17:41:36 | Permalink | Printable
Bring it on, AcornEvolutionAllow us to let you in on a little secret. Do you know what RISC OS is lacking the most right now? News websites. Wouldn't it be great if, say, news of events and announcements concerning our platform was reported freely and independently online? Whoever could pull off such a thing off would certainly be onto a winner, mark our words. But before you get your hopes up and your head filled with dreams of being the next Mark Moxon or Rebekah Wade of the RISC OS media, Gavin Smith has beaten us to it.
AcornEvolution, edited and run by Gavin, was launched today with the fresh aim of providing coverage of "RISC OS news in a comprehensive, accurate and timely manner", with opinion articles to boot. In fact, Gavin's already penned an editorial on a subject that's guaranteed to always draw attention: the Acorn brand name and why the platform should stick to it. Our view, by the way, is real simple - the nut's dead, get over it.
Seriously though, we know Gavin's willing to make a real attempt at running the site, seeing as he did surprise us a few weeks ago by consulting us on how to run a news site, and so we're looking forward to seeing how this new rival site develops. Admittedly, using a PHP based forum as your CMS is novel but we're sure Gav and his merry band of writers have got it all planned.
God, yet another portal, you cry? The AcornEvolution site FAQ actually does a good job in justifying why you should read the site. This bit here had us ultimately convinced, with a little blushing:
"Drobe is the only [RISC OS news site], however, that features good, comprehensive news articles, and they do it regularly. None of the others do that. Drobe do a great job and I sincerely urge you to check it out (as I'm sure you already do), but at the same time they have gone unchallenged in recent times - in essence, there has been no alternative voice."
In other words, as Gav told us privately, "I mean to give you a run for your money in terms of news reporting". Accusing us, dear reader, us of being a media monopoly, Gavin added in his announcement that, "there will be an emphasis on serious investigative journalism".
"We'll try our best to offer the full story in a fair but rigorous manner - do allow us a few weeks to settle in before judging us though", Gavin continued.
Flailing egos aside, the whole point anyway of running a news site is to be of some positive use to end users. It's essential to get information and informed opinion out to punters, to pressure companies when they've crossed the line and to highlight good work done in the platform. Also, news and information sites help in the battle to get RISC OS noticed outside our cosy little bubble - Acorn had the right idea when they tried getting as many Clan users online as possible with webpages and so on, in order to generate the most noise.
If AcornEvolution is willing and able to contribute in such a way to the RISC OS scene, then welcome aboard.
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