I’ve got this idea to do a print version of Kottu. Basically, take the top 10 or 15 posts each week and publish them (with basic editing). The Sunday Leader will distribute it and it’s fairly trivial to lay out (unless someone wants to do that). All the bloggers will be properly credited and paid, which may perhaps set an example for the papers randomly stealing stuff. Say, about Rs. 750 per full pager, perhaps less if it’s like a paragraph. The format would be a 16 page insert, like the Mirror Mag, tucked into the Sunday Leader. Let me know if youse think it’s a good idea.
Kottu already has a policy for joining, basically loosely ‘being’ Sri Lankan and not obscene or libelous, etc. Beyond that I suppose the print version would need a sort of editorial policy.
- Intellectual Respect: I don’t say intellectual property, but I think all writers should give permission, be properly credited and be paid. I think all photos should be Creative Commons licensed or have permission. This would seem to be basic but it’s nor much practiced in Sri Lankan print.
- Popular Selection: Basically, the top stuff (by clicks) should have priority to print. There needs to be some editorial judgement (a one link YouTube post may not work, for example), but posts should be generally selected from the Top Ten list (ends up being Top 15 or s0).
Beyond that I can’t think of much. The idea is that the cover photo is whatever’s judged really interesting by the Flickr algorithm, and under a Creative Commons attribution license. Then two pages of ‘interesting’ photos. There should be some provision for photo bloggers that aren’t on Flickr, must think about that.
Then I’d basically copy and paste the top posts that week into a layout. Note that some may be left out, the top post his week is about some estranged husband publishing their NIC, which wouldn’t really fly in print. I’d also have to email people to figure out how they get paid. I think it’d basically be cash from the office in someone’s real name, that may be an issue, dunno.
That’s basically it. There’s a kottu dummy. Tell me if you think it’s a good idea or not. Can get it out in a few weeks.