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The Barnraiser

The Barnraiser is a 1-page daily "newspaper" we're publishing during the PL Barnraising as part of the Documentation Committee (DocCom).

We see it as a lighthearted (but hard-hitting journalistic) way to summarize and share in a succinct, low-burden, but regular way, what's going on at our busiest and most productive event of the year!

2017 Barnraising

Issue 1


Issue 2


We're starting by taking notes on the layout board in the Auditorium, and on this notepad:

You can also post pictures, notes, comments, or anything here:

Editorial & Layout Meeting

We'll be meeting just after dinner to collect up articles, and start layout for our first issue. Find Jeff!

Typically, we ask folks to collect story ideas and take notes throughout the day -- at the Barnraising, each session tries to wrap up with some "takeaways" to report back during dinner. These are also great story material, and asking people for articles during the dinner report-backs is a good way to invite people to join in.

Photos may be posted to social media under the hashtags #barnraising and #barnraising2017 --

Please feel free to upload images to this post:


Title Author Updated Likes
What's happening at the 2017 Barnraising? @warren 3 months ago

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2017 Annual Barnraising

Appalachia Barnraiser


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Email and/or to join the Barnraiser's "staff"! Despite limited page space, we're happy for any help we can get!

We're specifically looking for:

  • reporters to cover Barnraising events, sessions, and culture
  • photographers to get great front-page images
  • editors to help polish/trim/layout the final paper
  • publishers to get up early to print & distribute


We'll use the talk page of this wiki page as a (chaotic) staging area to collect material and links over the course of each day. Please dump content there with your name -- and/or just take paper notes and come to the editorial meeting at the end of the day!


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Past issues


2 issues: The_Barnraiser_2016_v2i1.pdf

Working images from 2015 can be found here

2016 Annual Barnraising

Issue 1: Friday Nov 19

PDF: barnraiser-2015-11-19.pdf


Issue 2: Saturday Nov 20

PDF: The_Barnraiser--Saturday__Nov_20.pdf


Issue 3: Sunday Nov 21

PDF: The_Barnraiser--Sunday__Nov_21.pdf





We do a paper-based layout, as shown above, on a poster!image description

The very serious journalists of the Barnraiser in West Virginia. @zengirl2

2015 Logos, graphics: barnraiser.svg and barnraiser.png

barnraising doccom barnraiser barnraising-2015