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Debian Publicity Team

Task description

  • The publicity team moderate news and announcements in all the Debian
    • official resources:
    • mailing lists of general interest, such as debian-announce and
      • debian-news (but not the the localized -news-$lang mailing lists)
    • the official blog of the Debian project, "Bits from Debian"
    • any official social media of the project
    • and any other channels where Debian gets an official online presence.
  • The team is also responsible for the maintenance of the News
    • part of the English version of the Debian website (i.e. the content currently located under webwml/english/News/).
  • The team is in charge of deciding the most suitable publication venue
    • or venues for announcements and when they are published.
  • Team members must word articles in a way that reflects the Debian
    • project's stance on issues rather than their own personal opinion.
  • Finally, the Publicity Team is the official Debian contact point
    • for press inquiries and media people outside Debian. When acting in such capacity, members of the team act as a spokesperson of the Debian Project.
  • Reference: Updating the Press Team delegation, by the DPL, September 2015

Services handled by the team


  • Unix group: publicity (needed to trigger a partial rebuild on wolkenstein.debian.org, after having committed new announcements)

Interacting with the team

Contact points

How to use publicity "services"

Developer information explains how to use press/publicity facilities.

Get involved

Help with the promotion of the Releases

Contribute to Debian Project News

Translate announcements and press releases

Promote Debian

Tracking press coverage

Other tasks

  • {*} Review draft communications. Verify exactitude, relevance and proper form (language, etc).

  • {*} Submit events to the Debian timeline.

Other projects (may require more involvement)

  • {*}{*} Contact people, interview and propose drafts of success stories to be published.

  • {*}{*} Follow other groups, and ensure those with newsworthy activity are properly covered. Make sure they communicate and do so optimally (going through the publicity group when appropriate).



Historical communications about publicity

Usual roles

The listing below includes regular contributors also.

DPL-Delegated members

  • Ana Guerrero Lopez <ana>

  • Cédric Boutillier <boutil>

  • Donald Norwood (<cnote> in IRC)

  • Laura Arjona Reina <larjona>

  • Reference: Updating the Press Team delegation, by the DPL, September 2015

Persons with access to Debian's identi.ca account

Current members

  • Moray Allan (IRC nick moray) Editor of Debian Project News
  • Laura Arjona (IRC nick larjona)

  • Cédric Boutillier (IRC nick boutil) Editor of Debian Project News
  • Valessio S Brito (IRC nick valessio) Helps with Artwork and Marketing Strategy

  • Raphaël Hertzog handles identi.ca Debian account

  • Filipus Klutiero (IRC nick chealer) - reviewer
  • Donald Norwood (IRC nick cnote)
  • Justin B Rye Main reviewer of Debian Project News and announcements
  • Paul Wise (IRC nick pabs)
  • Stefano Zacchiroli (IRC nick zack)

  • Martin Zobel-Helas (IRC nick zobel)
  • Thomas Vincent (IRC nick tvincent)
  • Kai Wasserbäch

Emeritus Publicity Team members

  • Alexander Reichle-Schmehl (IRC nick Tolimar)

  • Meike Riechle (IRC nick alphascorpii)
  • Andreas Barth
  • Joey Schulze
  • Michael Banck
  • Lucas Nussbaum
  • Graham Cobb - proof-reading
  • Martin F. Krafft
  • Don Armstrong
  • Jeff Richards
  • Jon Evans
  • Marc Brockschmidt
  • Jens Seidel
  • Joey Hess
  • AndreFelipeMachado - Debian Times contributing editor and press coverage pages maintainer contributor

  • Jeremiah C. Foster

Emeritus Press Team members