We’ll be making a few big steps over the next couple of months, and I want to lay these out here to serve as a larger aligning vision for the site.
Putting together narrative overviews
Part of what we want to do with this site is create a hub for the most important stories in the world, laid out with the facts to support the best arguments from each side of a given issue.
We’re going to start with detailed overviews and updates on important but improperly addressed stories, such as Russiagate and The Coup, the ongoing history of the Deep State and corruptive American intelligence agencies, the Syrian Civil War, and globalist elitism.
We’ll also likely start to put together some overviews of older narratives from stories we covered years ago, such as the Pigford farmers fraud story, the Twin Falls story, corruption in South Dakota, the rise of ISIS, and the curious case of Huma Abedin and the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs. These are important too, and they all fit into larger problems of national and international mis- and malfeasance, but we’re putting them temporarily on the back burner while we address more immediate problems.
The big stories I mentioned first are going to be benefitted by our just-announced big new project: a book and film!
Book and film
We’re working on a book and film on The Coup!
These are going to be paired with each other, and they’re going to involve all of the major contemporary stories I mentioned above.
What this also means is that while we’re working on research for the book and film, we’ll also have a good excuse – and a great opportunity! – to create useful summary pages for the different subcomponents of the larger story of what’s happening in the world in our time.
As an example: say we’re doing a deep research dive for the book and movie on, for instance, the story of Bill Browder and how his influence contributed to #Russiagate hysteria. While we’re researching that, we:
- Find a link that we add to the Links and Resources page;
- Write an excerpt that we turn into a quick post to fill out a part of the Browdergate narrative;
- We put together a clip for the film that we turn into an explanation of one small, key part of the story;
…and all of this goes up on the Browdergate narrative here on Populist.TV.
‘Synergy’, as they say in CorporationLand.
And all of this goes up on the homepage of the site.
Daily updates to the front page
Right now I’m thinking about this in terms of ‘streams’ of different kinds of content that we’re already putting out regularly:
- Updates to different narratives
- Each morning’s Morning Report
- Episodes, excerpts, and interviews from Fault Lines
- Deep Dive Periscopes on specific issues
- Debriefs from White House press briefings
…and likely a few more types of content as we come up with them.
In the short-to-mid run, while we’re working with a very small staff mostly made up of Stranahan family members, this’ll be largely how we keep the homepage informative and up to date. We’ll have feeds that go onto the homepage, letting us put out lots of content on a regular basis without a team of curators which bigger newsrooms have (and need).
Down the line we’ll definitely want to scale this up as we build the business and can afford to bring on more talented researchers, writers, and filmmakers. For now though this should be enough.
Each of these updates will also be its own shareable post on the site.
Working with students at CJS
In the past we’ve talked with students about bringing them on board, as interns and in the longer run as employees.
We started to do this late last year, but it faltered.
One of the folks who started out volunteering with us here quickly become our producer on Fault Lines (thanks, Eric). We also had consistent help putting together the Morning Report from a student (thanks, Kisha). But then we switched to another format for the Report over the New Year, and stopped working with Kisha altogether.
We didn’t have good systems for working with students, and we still don’t.
This is one of my top priorities: figuring out good systems for handling this, and bringing in students who want to do research on the frontlines of our projects, including on the book and movie.
Now that we have a dedicated studio (with graphical backdrops, quality cameras, a chess table, and more) we’ve started to put out higher-quality videos, but so far we haven’t been putting out more videos.
This is something we all want to change.
A large part of this honestly comes down to me personally. I need to start scheduling regular daily sessions with my Dad and my little brother: blocking out time for us to film lessons, Periscopes, updates for our backers – all of the pieces that will go on to support this larger project.
And we need to do this on a regular basis without getting burnt out.
Easier said than done, but better started than delayed, because it’s something we can quickly test out in different ways and then make habitual.
We’ve had people tell us we should start a Patreon account, and we’re finally doing it.
I’ve been thinking about what kind of content to post there, and have settled on at least one option: behind the scenes updates on stories and projects. They’ll be more detailed than our public Periscopes, and tell more of the stories themselves than just the lessons we post at CJS.
This’ll also help to create a private community of backers for the book and film. I think this will be very useful at building momentum and eventually creating a critical mass of wise people who understand the stories we’re covering.