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In Capitol Hill, the admin team filters news through player-controlled media characters. This gives players a unique ability to shape public opinion from the very beginning of the life of a story.

All players are invited to create a media character multi using the normal character creation form. After your media character is approved, you will have access to create a new media entity here. All media entities must be fictional. Most player media takes the form of blogs, newspapers, TV shows, or even podcasts. Get creative, the sky's the limit. Once you are approved, a new thread will be created in Tier 1 News for you to post.

Media entities are sorted into 3 tiers, each with different advantages. Note that generally objective news will do better than shameless partisan news, but each can play a role in the American political landscape.

  Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Tier Distribution 20% (2 minimum) 30% (1 minimum) 50%
Guest Budget $5 million $1 million $100,000
Potential Momentum 15 10 5
Campaign Effectiveness 50 25 10

 

  • Tier Distribution: The ideal % of player media entities in each tier.
  • Guest Budget: Each media entity's guests (generally player politician characters) can receive background fundraising from the exposure of appearing on your program. This amount is the maximum per day.
  • Potential Momentum: This represents how effective your program is at changing public opinion.
  • Campaign Effectiveness: Media characters are permitted to engage in IC election campaigning, receiving the same number of hours as a politician character. Media characters may only host rallies while campaigning. 

When potential news stories occur, a member of the admin team will post in the private Media Management forum. Media characters have the responsibility to gather appropriate and accurate information to distribute to the rest of the game. Therefore, media characters are encouraged to ask all necessary questions to accurately portray a situation. Often this will be done in the Media Management forum, but may sometimes take the form of public press conferences, tweets, press releases, etc. Journalistic integrity is highly important to your media entity succeeding. Don't make up sources, make assertions that can't be backed up with RL or IC sources if asked, or generally engage in metagaming. Of course this doesn't limit you from spinning stories you're sharing with the players, but make sure that they get the necessary information as well.

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