Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pagan Newswire Collective, Bay Area

One of my newest projects is running the Bay Area bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective. What is this PNC project all about?
The Pagan Newswire Collective is an open collective of Pagan journalists, newsmakers, media liaisons, and writers who are interested in sharing and promoting primary-source reporting from within our interconnected communities.
Why should we ("pagans") do this work? Because if we do not start writing about us, we leave that job to outsiders, who have their own biases and agendas. Because it is time for us to control our own destinies and shape how the world sees us- so they can see a more accurate picture of what it means to be pagan, a Witch, a druid, or a heathen (among other traditions).

It's also about coming-of-age as a community and a religious movement. What we do is newsworthy- just as newsworthy as any other religious tradition.

I, for one, am sick of news coverage that sensationalizes us, dismisses us as crazy or eccentric, or misrepresents our beliefs. That is why I do this work.

If you live in the Bay Area and want to get involved, please email me. If you live in another area and want to volunteer for the PNC (we are a collectively run, all-volunteer effort), contact the national organization to start a bureau or contact a local bureau.

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