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What’s the difference between the News Team and FNS?

We’ve heard from some members that it the difference between our News Team and FNS teams can sometimes be a little confusing, so we’re here with a quick explainer to help clarify what you’d be doing if you joined up on either team:

Community News Team
This team is focused on helping to populate our Community News on the main website. Content for this team includes things like interviews with current members, updates about upcoming events like chats or award ceremonies, promotion announcements, and new podcast episode announcements.

This team is important for a number of reasons. Because it posts as often as possible (ideally once a day), it helps to keep our website updated – showing prospective members, and Google, that we’re an active community. And it helps keep the members of our fleet updated about important news and events.

Members of the News Team are expected to help write at least one article a month for the Community News feed.

Federation News Service (FNS)
This team straddles UFOP: SB118 as well as our spinoff sister site, the Federation News Service – an In Character journalism outlet reporting on things that happen in the Star Trek universe that we play our game in. You can think of it as another way of simming, telling similar stories but from the angle of a journalist writing a story as if it were for Associated Press or some other news syndicate in present day.

This team is important because it helps build out our shared universe, while also acting as a funnel or feeder site for our role-playing community, leading prospective members to find us by first reading FNS stories!

Members of the FNS Team are expected to help edit the monthly plot summaries submitted by our fleet of ships, and to also contribute an FNS story as often as possible.

Join a team and help out
Both teams are looking for eager members who want to assist the fleet and are critical parts of keeping our site active and recruiting new members. If you’re willing to help out, submit the form below to let us know and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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How can I help find new members?

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

There are a variety of tasks that anybody can do – whether you are a member of the Publicity Team or not. Here are some ideas:


StarBase 118, III: The Search for New Members

New members are the lifeblood of our community. They help to replenish the fleet and allow us to launch new ships, allowing our community to become stronger and provide exciting and new opportunities for our players. Without new members it is hard to sustain recruiting levels to replace those who go on leave or retire from the group.

Finding prospective members and bringing them to us can be a challenge, especially when there are so many other things vying for people’s attention – which is why we need you help – and with all the announcements of new Star Trek series’ what better time to start spreading the word of our community?

WHAT DOES THE PUBLICITY TEAM DO?

In short the Publicity Team is responsible for raising awareness of our community to the outside world with the aim of bringing in new members. There are a number of ways we do this – through social media posts, word of mouth recommendations, real world and internet events as well as online and offline advertising.

Within the team itself we share ideas on how to raise awareness of our community and put those ideas into action. Participation in the can range from finding interesting content to share on our social media channels to writing articles that we can share with the wider world on various websites. Most of the task take no more than an hour a month, with no commitment, so you can join today and step back later if you find that it does not fit your schedule.

What have you got to lose?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

We need all the help we can get to spread the word. If the above sounds interesting to you and you want to be a part of expanding the fleet then get in touch. You can sign up with the below link, where you will be added to the Publicity Team email list, introduced to the team and then jump straight in. If you have any questions or would like to know more, then contact the team’s facilitator Jarred Thoran.

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How you can help us grow

The more people who join our community, the more ships we can launch and the stronger our community becomes, as well as providing exciting opportunities for our players. But spreading the word about our community to prospective members can be challenging when there’s so many other things vying for peoples’ attention, which is why we need your help!

JOIN THE PUBLICITY TEAM
On the Publicity Team we share ideas on how to advertise our community, and then put those ideas into action. You don’t need to be a marketing whiz to join, and participation on the team can be as simple as finding content to share on our social media channels. Most other tasks take no more than an hour or two a month. Not only that, but there is no commitment, so you can join now and step back later if it doesn’t fit your schedule. What’s to lose?

Click here to join the team. You’ll be added to the team’s email list, introduced to the others and then be able to jump right in.

SHARE OUR POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We’re really active on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr? We post a variety of content, from Star Trek to writing, so there is something for everybody. If you see something you like, make sure to like it, and if you want, why not give it a share or a retweet or even post a comment?

Found something interesting, why not share it with us? It could be an article relating to space exploration, an updated on an upcoming Star Trek project or even an image related to writing. If you liked it, it’s guaranteed someone else will.

If you have a great idea for something we should post on social media, use the submission box – it only takes a moment!

BLOG ABOUT US AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Do you write a blog? Providing a link back to us along with a review of our community and game can have an impact on how we rank in search engines, meaning we are easier to find.

Between 400 & 800 words about your experience with us will help us, and a personal review really helps validate our community. You could talk about what brought you to us, what has kept you here and how you’re enjoying your time with us.

If you happen to write a blog post about us, please let us know, we’d love to share it our social media channels.

TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Word of mouth is still one of the greatest forms of advertising. By sharing your love of our community with others, you can inspire them and pique their curiosity on what happens here.

Let people know how you having discovered new life forms, or have managed to outwit an old Star Trek foe, such as the Tholians. You’d be surprised how infectious your enthusiasm can be!


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!

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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.


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