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Media role for Sam Coates

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Sam CoatesFormer Con Home deputy joins Cameron’s media team

Congratulations to Sam Coated, the former deputy editor of Conservative Home the blog site that promotes the views of Conservative members and supporters, he has been appointed to a media role at the Conservatives’ HQ working alongside Rishi Saha. Sam is a genial contributor of ideas and a stimulator of debate who will slot in nicely as the party works harder to build online communities from the bottom up, his great enthusiasm for web 2.0 will help diversify the party’s message and ensure that the old distinctions between radio, TV, printed press, mass marketing, advertising, and focus groups become even more blurred as the campaign for government moves into a greater area of information dissemination.

Writing in the Blue blog Sam says:

The power of web 2.0 has not been in the top-down broadcasting of information, but in collaboration and the building of communities. Just think of the bottom-up, user-generated sites like YouTube and Wikipedia.

We’ve already been applying many of the principles underlying web 2.0 to the way we do politics in this country, but this will continue apace as we near the General Election. That’s why I’m taking up a new role in the party with a mission to do just that. In the coming months we will be launching some exciting new tools for online organising. It will be completely about empowering you to make a difference – so watch this webspace.

I wish Sam well and it would be great if we could get his enthusiasm to reach the grass roots in places like South Shields, I often find it far easier to elicit a direct response from the parliamentary candidate Karen Allen than it is to stir the “old guard” in the executive, two emails offering my support and help in the “anyone but Branley” by election have so far fallen on stony ground, web 1.0 appears to be failing here – is there anybody out there?

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Written by curly

August 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

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  1. Cheers Curly. Will be in touch…

    Samuel Coates

    August 2, 2009 at 10:57 am


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