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25 March 2009

Put People First - online and off

The NUJ is a partner in a new NGO mega-coalition called Put People First, which is coming together to lobby next week's G20 London Summit on the financial crisis. We want to see action to improve the accountability of world financial systems, and real efforts towards a green new deal, rebuilding the economy in a way that has the interests of all the world's people, and its climate, at heart.

NUJ members will be marching in Central London this Saturday - have a look at www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk for more info about the route, and the rally in Hyde Park after the march. Come and join us!

This demo also looks interesting from a new media angle too. The partners and the coalition seems to be jumping all over Twitter at the moment, as well as other social media tools. Posts using the hashtag #g20rally are being collated on the official site, and partner organisations are tweeting away - with a plan to generate retweets from followers. ActionAid have a guy in a cape @themegamouth prowling Central London all week with a megaphone, shouting out whatever he gets sent.

Most ambitious though is a plan to get live reportage from the crowd throughout the march and rally. If you're coming along (or even just watching it online), you can chip in with your own tweets, to help build a big picture of the event and people's concerns. Find the instructions from PPF here to help you get involved too.

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