Want to join our editorial meeting?

Around 1200GMT everyone who works on WHYS meets to discuss what should feature on the show six hours later. If you’d like to join us, let me know. Your involvement can take whatever form you like from making one story suggestion, to judging all the ideas we’re considering. Drop me a line if you’re interested, and I’ll explain more.

8 Responses to “Want to join our editorial meeting?”

  1. 1 Brett
    January 10, 2008 at 16:07

    I would love a chance to participate!

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va

  2. 2 Xie_Ming
    January 11, 2008 at 03:37

    What is the objective, goal, or purpose of WHYS?

    If that were specified, then one could have some suggestions.

  3. 3 George
    January 11, 2008 at 05:19

    To the Email address Rett-


    Scarlet here in Atlanta says hello.

  4. 4 Xie_Ming
    January 11, 2008 at 12:25

    This is all that I have been able to discover concerning the raison d’ etre of WHYS:

    “As programme makers, we believe passionately that the show is about giving listeners a window onto the world in all its diversity, allowing them to hear views that make them think, and perhaps on occasion question their own attitudes and opinions. We also recognise that one person’s opinion is another’s prejudice, that what we are doing is an inexact science”.

    If so, then a view that does not make one think, or to question one’s own attitude or opinion, should not clutter up the postings.

  5. 5 Xie_Ming
    January 11, 2008 at 16:09

    On of the BBC employees explained the WHYS mission as follows:

    “..World have Your Say is a programme designed to
    get the world sitting down around the same “virtual table” and
    discussing the issues that matter to them..”

  6. 6 George
    January 12, 2008 at 20:13


    While imperfect, WHYS is doing something significant: allowing, even facilitating, people all over the world to express their views on important issues of the day.

    You participate.

    I do also, and while I have opinions, I have learned other people’s views.
    Sometimes the views are enlightening, sometimes they occupy cultural blind spots, sometimes they seem insane.

    You have to admit, no matter the imperfections or bias on this or that topic you feel personally, this is a very important service and program.

    The world has put people in space, fought global wars, and now we are talking to one another individually.

    I don’t know about you X-Min, but I like it.

  7. 7 marksandell
    January 15, 2008 at 16:50

    Hello, i’m the “employee” who wrote to you Xie Ming, to answer your e-mail. I’ll share it with everyone :
    “Dear Xie Ming,

    Thankyou for your e-mail. World have Your Say is a programme designed to get the world sitting down around the same “virtual table” and discussing the issues that matter to them.
    Therefore, any of our listeners who want to take part in the editorial meeting can :
    A) Just listen, as some people have done..
    B) Tell us what’s on their minds and we can discuss that…
    C) Tell us what’s playing big in their own countries…
    D) Suggest ideas that they think people around the world may wish to speak about…
    E) Just talk to the team…..or
    F) any combination of the above…

    The aim is so that any of our listeners can hear how decisions are arrived at- and for them to influence what we do.

    Please feel free to take part if you wish to- and thanks for contacting us.

    All the best

    Mark Sandell”

    And George- thanks for your comments-.

  8. 8 Xie_Ming
    January 18, 2008 at 16:21

    Even more interesting is this:

    “As of the New Year, the WHYS blog stopped being just for the use of the WHYS programme you tune in to, and became home for your interaction with all of the BBC World Service’s news programmes. So you’ll see my colleagues from Newshour, The World Today, World Update and Europe Today posting from time to time”.

    I, for one, am fascinated with bubbling development taking place throughout the BBC and will predict that, as more people become aware of the changes, the audience will rapidly increase!!

    (while I hope for for quality over quantity)

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