I wrote a letter, which was published, and I encouraged folks on Adjunct Justice to join me & write in, to give their own point of view. I am sure some heeded the call, but I don't know who.
If we want to have our voices heard, we need to do so in the mainstream media, especially in papers such as the New York Times with its huge readership. Write in your comment. I think they may still be taking them!The comments section is closed now, but you can still write a letter to email@example.com. Or find something closer to home, Starbucks + higher education - Google Search. On the list we do love our NYTimesies and prize getting a comment or letter published there even over one in higher ed media, although list traffic sharing those preaching to the choir gems runs to the brisk. This revived the recurring topic of commenting in media as a strategy for raising awareness outside the Ivory Silo™ and educating the public.
Coordinating (or at least a concerted campaign to encourage) comments to mainstream media would be a good cooperative project. Both L.A. Times and SF Chronicle cover higher education. Don't forget Canadian press either (they do a lot better job reporting on than we do on them). Let's make a list...Atlantic, The Nation, Slate, Rolling Stone, Salon...
I totally agree and am an equal opportunity commenter. All these newspapers are worthy, as I am sure all are where ever everyone lives. It's even better, too, if you're local and are commenting, since you know the area, its strengths as well as its quirks. So yes, let's not only make a list, but use it too! And with that, let me add The Seattle Times to the list, which has had a few recent big ticket items going on.
Looks like a start. How do we find more? Search Google News by topic ~ as for Starbucks stories linked above ~ or just for higher education stories. Check Precarity Dispatches' news aggregation posts. Set alerts for stories. Check newspaper directories and follow local media
How do we build momentum and keep it going? Share links on list and social media to "comment magnet" prospects. Let others know you are commenting. Sharing comments on list or social media validates the action while setting an example, encouraging others to follow suit. Caveat: avoid Schwärmerei unless defending a colleague under siege. It's more likely to leave a negative impressive than educate or persuade. The same goes for posting rants or comments unrelated to the story. Finally, don't be a comment troll: "trolling for good" is an oxymoron.
Midway through thread and thoughts, I asked myself, "do I feel another media post coming?" Apparently so because here it is.