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The News Team is looking for creative writers

We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening!

You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions.

Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator.

Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion.

Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next!

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The Fleet Needs You! How you can get the word out

You may have noticed an increase in our social media activity. For those of you who may not know, social media can be a powerful tool to help grow our fleet by providing content that people enjoy and want to engage with, thus increasing our potential reach. In addition to that, having an active social media presence can help boost our site’s Google rankings, meaning our page will show higher on Google searches.

Increasing our reach and rankings means we’ll be able to expose our fleet to more people. More people means more cadets, leading to greater opportunities for us.

What can you do to help?

One of the biggest things you can do for us is to follow us on our social media platforms. You can find us at:

Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Youtube
Instagram

With recent changes to Facebook’s newsfeed, there is an extra step. Head to our Facebook page, click where is says: “Following” -> “In Your News Feed” -> “See First”. Essentially this means everytime we post something, it will appear towards the top of your news feed.

Like, Comment and Share content
The more people who engage with our content, the more people outside of our community we can reach. As an example, a recent Facebook post that was liked 18 times, commented on twice and shared 3 times reached over 160 people who weren’t part of our fleet.

Submissions
We are always on the lookout for content related to Star Trek, space, science or writing. It could be a quote from a sim, an image or video or even a link. Basically, if you think something would interest the community, let us know!

Ideas
We would love to hear your suggestions and hear about the types of content you would like to see.


You can help grow and develop our community by joining a team

We have an active and engaged community that’s always pitching in to help maintain and grow what we have going on here. But we’re always looking for members who want to join in and lend a hand at our most important tasks. Check out the list of our primary teams below and learn more about how you can help:

Publicity Team
This team works to grow our number of new recruits. Working together to brainstorm new ideas and chase down potential places to advertise, they put together campaigns, update our social media, and more. Without this team, our number of new recruits would drop significantly, making it harder for us to staff each ship in our fleet and keep as active as we are.

Community News
This team writes articles for our website’s blog, which is critical for a number of reasons. First, it helps to show prospective members that we’re highly active, a key metric in converting site visitors. Second, it helps to show search engines that we’re active and regularly updated, a signal that helps us keep our ranking healthy. And third, it provides social media content that keeps those channels active. Members of this team either select from a list of suggested articles, or create their own ideas, and put together the feature before submitting it for editing and posting on the news.

Federation News Service
This team helps to edit the monthly ship report summaries which get posted on our Community News each month, while also working on other content for our spinoff site, which acts as another recruiting channel for us. By writing “ripped from the headline” satire, we can grow interest in our RPG on social media!

Podcasts Team
This team puts together a new podcast every other month or so, giving our community members a way to hear all the news and interesting stories about what’s going on around here via voice. No technical knowledge is required – you can help read news stories, write news stories, or even edit the audio file if you’re inclined to learn!

Sign up here

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The News Team is looking for creative writers

We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening!

You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions.

Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator.

Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion.

Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Extra! Extra! Write for the Federation News Service!

This just in: the Federation News Service is hiring! Seasoned journalists and freelancers are wanted to showcase what’s going on beyond the mission reports of Starfleet to the greater universe in the 24th century. What’s the latest political update from Federation headquarters on Paris, Earth? Who’s the next breakout singer from Trill? You can help shape life in the 24th century!

The Federation News Service is an exciting new venue for worldbuilding and telling stories set in the Star Trek universe. Stories like…

You can read these stories and more on fns.news.

Want to write your own?

The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions! Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe.

There are two ways to write for the FNS:

Check out the FNS’s website or learn more about the FNS team on the 118 Wiki!


Star Trek and the Coming Year

Star Trek: Discovery is promising to be a fantastic series by approaching the well-established canon and giving everyone a new idea of the world that Gene Roddenberry invented, the truth behind the perceived utopia and what actually happened in the first Federation/Klingon war. Yet some wonder if Star Trek could break new ground but Star Trek: Discovery has proven that it can.

Sexuality, until recently, has been a topic to be – and when it was discussed or shown at all, it was usually between a male and female. While it was also rumored that Seven of Nine, of Star Trek: Voyager, was intended to be a lesbian character, that storyline never materialized. Instead, it was Star Trek: Discovery that created the first openly gay character of the franchise and shown a fully developed character storyline.

With its first season winding down and the series being critically acclaimed, we are pretty much guaranteed another season. With the characters showing true diversity, are we surprised? With talk of a new Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, there looks to be a great future for the franchise in 2018.

Want to talk about Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek? Stop by our forums for a good chat!

Love Star Trek and want to serve in Star Fleet? You can do that to by joining UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG. This is the adventure you’ve been looking for.


Are you on Instagram? Check out our new posts!

Thanks to the beautiful work of Ens. Kyso Nohx, Counselor of the Gorkon, we’ve been able to post a series of incredible new images to our Instagram account, like the one at the bottom of this post.

Not only is our Instagram account a place to showcase our works of art, but it’s also a great recruiting channel as it grows in popularity. That’s why it’s particularly helpful, if you’re a member of Instagram, for folks like you to follow our account and like our posts when you see them – it helps others, who might not yet be members, also see our posts.

As the internet changes, it’s more important than ever that members like you join in our publicity efforts to help grow the fleet. We’re vying for eyeballs among lots of new distractions! Click on the “Follow” button on the Instagram post below to make sure you’re seeing what we post.

Or, click here to check out our Instagram account on the web, where you can follow us and like posts if you’re logged in.


Join the News Team and help tell the story of our community

We post community news every day here on our website blog, and it plays a vital part in not only showing prospective members how active our community is, but also helping our search engine rankings and, of course, informing our community about what’s happening!

You can help us put together interesting content for our community by joining the News Team – the commitment is about one hour a month, and participating is super easy. Here’s how it works: Each month, you’ll get a list of article ideas. You can come up with your own article, if you have something you want to write about, or choose one of the suggestions.

Then, using the guidance on our wiki area, you’ll put together an article to be posted before the end of the month. You’ll add it to our WordPress site and submit it to the news queue for review by the team facilitator.

Participating on the News Team is a great way to contribute to the overall fleet, and to show your captain that you’re interested in working toward promotion.

Get started by entering your information into the form below. It’ll be sent to the team facilitator who will welcome you to the team and direct you on what to do next!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Extra! Extra! Write for the Federation News Service!

This just in: the Federation News Service is hiring! Seasoned journalists and freelancers are wanted to showcase what’s going on beyond the mission reports of Starfleet to the greater universe in the 24th century. What’s the latest political update from Federation headquarters on Paris, Earth? Who’s the next breakout singer from Trill? You can help shape life in the 24th century!

The Federation News Service is an exciting new venue for worldbuilding and telling stories set in the Star Trek universe. Stories like…

You can read these stories and more on fns.news.

Want to write your own?

The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions! Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe.

There are two ways to write for the FNS:

Check out the FNS’s website or learn more about the FNS team on the 118 Wiki!


Three ways you can help the fleet grow

“How can I help the fleet?” As Facilitator of the Publicity Team, I get this question a lot. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the dedication and love of our members – expressed in questions like this – is what has kept our fleet going for more than 23 years now.

So here’s a few quick things that everyone can do to help:

Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Have you been to our Facebook or Twitter pages? We post a lot of content from around the Star Trek world and from our own community. When you see something you like, be sure to click the Like button and – if you’re so inclined – share it or retweet it.

Blog about us and share your experience

Do you run a blog? Or maybe a Tumblr? Linking back to us with a review of our community, and the game, can have a noticeable impact on our rankings in search engines.

Shoot for 400-800 words about your experience. You can talk about how you found us, why you joined, what it was like to start training, and how you’re enjoying your ship.

Not only will your post help others find us, but it will validate our community in their eyes when it comes from a personal review!

Tell your friends and family about us

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising and one that should not be ignored. You, in person, telling people about our community will inspire and get them curious about what goes on here.

Have fun conversing about Star Trek and how you solved an engineering problem aboard your ship or discovered a new form of life. Being able to show your enthusiasm makes it contagious and hard to resist!

Can I do more?

Yes! UFOP: Starbase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG has a Publicity Team dedicated to helping new members find our community.

Join the team by reaching out and volunteering on our forums.


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