GV Communication Channels

We don't have a physical office at Global Voices, so we rely on various communication channels to interact and collaborate on our work. Google Groups email lists and Slack chat channels are the most common tools used, but depending on the context others are also employed.

This document is a comprehensive list of communication channels used by Global Voices. It is sorted by sections of GV, so please use the table of contents to find channels related to a specific project or aspect of GV.

If you are new, or want to read an overview of communication, please see Communication Within GV.

For notes on privacy, profiles, subscribing and unsubscribing, see the Notes on Google Groups section below.

Global Groups

GV Community

“GV Community” Google Group -Full policy and guidelines TBD

All contributors should be subscribed!

A universal mailing list for everyone involved in GV. Used for major announcements as well as discussion and sharing between contributors.

If you are not subscribed to this list, please contact your editor or manager and get on the list ASAP.

GV Newsroom Editors

GV Newsroom Editors – Full policy and guidelines TBD

This is a group for editors-only. Regional editors, sub-editors and the core team use this list for announcements and discussion related to editorial strategy and the day-to-day editorial operation of GV.

Editors within GV should automatically be added to and removed from this group as necessary. If you are an editor and not subscribed, please contact the Managing Editor.

GV Lingua Managers

GV Lingua – Full policy and guidelines TBD

This group is for translation managers (administrators of Lingua sites) only. It is used for announcements and discussion related to operating a Lingua site in a management role.

Lingua managers should automatically be added to and removed from this group as necessary. If you are a Lingua manager but not in this group, please contact the Lingua Director.

Advox Riseup list

A discussion group for contributors and participants in Global Voices Advox.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: This list uses Riseup, an open, non-profit platform that offers greater security than Google Groups. If you're interested in joining the list, please send an email to gvadvocacy-subscribe [at] lists [dot] riseup [dot] net with “Subscribe me!” in the subject line. Tell us a bit about why you are interested in joining the community, and we'll respond as soon as we can.

GV Community Council

GV Council Google Group • Full policy and guidelines

A discussion group for the 2018 Community Council. Message types expected in this group: Announcements about Council activities, discussion of issues related to the consultation and the future of Global Voices, and questions and concerns about Council process and norms.

Rising Voices

Rising Voices Google Group – Full policy and guidelines

Manager: Rising Voices director ( found on the Our People page).

A discussion group for the Rising Voices project. We welcome anyone interested in ICT for development, Rising Voices projects, etc.

Other global discussion groups

Region and Language Editorial groups

Each editorial group within GV, regional or linguistic, has a Google Group for announcements and discussion between the editor and contributors. All GV authors (contributors who write original posts) should automatically be added and removed from the group(s) for their region(s) as needed.

If you are an author and not yet in a group, please contact your editor, or request to join the relevant group(s) below.

These lists all share the GV Editorial Team Google Groups Shared Policy and Guidelines. For each editorial team group, the “manager” is considered to be the current editor for the relevant region or topic, indicated below, along with the Managing Editor. A full list of current editors can be found on the Our People page.

Region/Language Group Manager
Caribbean GV-Caribbean Google Group Caribbean editor
Central and Eastern Europe (and Europe in General) GV-CEE and Europe Google Group Eastern & Central Europe Editor
Sub-Saharan Africa GV-Sub-Saharan Africa Google Group Sub-Saharan Africa Community Manager
Middle East and North Africa MidEastGV Google Group MENA editor
USA GV-USA Google Group Managing editor
Latin America GV-Americas Google Group Latin America editor
South Asia GV-South Asia Google Group South Asia editor
South-East Asia GV South-East Asia Google Group South-East Asia editor
Japan GV Japan Google Group Japan editor
East Asia GV-East Asia Google Group  North East Asia Editor
Portuguese GV Lusofonia Google Group Lusofone Africa Editor & Brazil Editor
Turkey GVTurkey Google Group Central Asia, Caucasus & Turkey Editor

Lingua Translation Site Groups

Each GV Lingua translation site has its own Google Group to which all contributors should be subscribed. You can use these groups to ask questions of your fellow translators or send feedback via. your Lingua site manager.

If you are a translator for GV but aren't yet subscribed to the relevant Google Group below, please send a request to join!

These lists all share the same Policy and Guidelines, with managerial responsibility for the group shared between the current Lingua Director and the Lingua Manager of the relevant site.

Lingua into English translators

These are specialized groups focusing on the important project of ensuring posts written in other languages are quickly translated into English so they can be accessible to as many people (and translators) as possible.

These groups all share  GV Special Topics Google Groups – Shared Policy and Guidelines as their official guidelines. The managers of each group are the Lingua Director and relevant Lingua manager.

If you'd like to be involved in one of these groups, please contact the Lingua Director and relevant Lingua manager, who can be found on the Our People page.

Notes on Google Groups

Privacy warning

Conversations on the Global Voices Google Groups are considered private to the community and not for public dissemination. At the same time, privacy cannot be guaranteed in any large group, so please do not share sensitive information via. Google Groups. See Communication and Safety Guidelines for more information.

Updating your Profile

We ask that all members of Google Groups update their profile with as much information as they feel comfortable with, including name, blog link, photo, email address, geographic location, and phone number. This is very helpful in group archive searches.

Please apply to be accepted to any of the following groups if you think you should belong to them. Membership is subject to approval by the group's administrator, so don't forget to let them know who you are and which editorial or Lingua group you belong to.

Subscribing

You can subscribe to a group through our web interface or via email. To subscribe to a group through the web interface, simply log into your Google Account and visit the group of your choice. Then click the “Join this group” link on the right-hand side of the page under “About this group”. If you don't have a Google account, subscribe to a group via email by sending an email to [Groupname]-subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Changing your settings

Many people don't have the time to read all emails in all lists, so it is very good to customise your delivery settings according to your capacity/interest.

To change your email delivery option, you must first sign into the Google Account associated with the email address subscribed to the group. Visit the Google Groups page of the group you want to change and click the “Manage my membership”. Choose the email delivery option that you prefer for your group from the drop-down menu and save your changes.

If you want to continue your membership in a group but do not want to receive any group emails in your inbox, go to the group's homepage and click ‘Edit my membership’, then select the ‘No Email’ option and click “Save these settings”. By doing so, you will be able to read emails on the webpage.

Unsubscribing

To unsubscribe to any of our groups, go to the group's homepage and remove yourself as a member. Click ‘Edit my membership’ and ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of that page.

If you are leaving Global Voices for good, it is always good to let your editor know and say goodbye. Sorry to see you go!