September 11, 2012
As a community, we've always valued documentation - no feature is added to Django without accompanying documentation. Documentation improvements are frequently accepted independent of feature work.
When Django was initially released in 2005, screencasts were a fairly new - used for pitching (or demoing) a product in a short, effective way. They were a good bit of work to produce, and we knew changes were coming - so we waited for Django 1.0. When 1.0 was released in 2008, Django had already had some signicant acceptance, and screencasts seemed a little passé.
But somehow we've made it 7 years without a richer introduction to the framework. The tutorial covers only a small part of the rich framework that Django's grown into, promising more help "coming soon".
Thankfully, Kenneth Love has stepped up with a Kickstarter campaign to produce a series of videos: Getting Started With Django. The DSF is proud to join the community's support of this project by donating $2,000 towards the campaign - helping to reach the first stretch goal of making the videos free for download.
If you would like to keep up to date or help with the production process, please join his mailing list.