[imc-queer] Editorial Policy
pina at riseup.net
pina at riseup.net
Sun Feb 27 08:25:52 PST 2005
Also find this on our docs
> Hi folks
> About the editorial policy, i think we should start to discuss one.... for
> instace i look at the nyc-imc EP, i think we just need to start from one..
> i've pasted below.
> Let me here comments about it
> Editorial Policy
> The Open Publishing Newswire is an essential aspect of the Indymedia
> project. It was set-up to provide a globally accessible space for anyone
> to quickly self-publish breaking news, articles, commentary, digital
> photos and audio.
> Indymedia NYC itself is composed of five working groups. From these five
> all-volunteer groups, people volunteer to moderate the newswire.
> Presently, moderating requires at least 3 hours a day, by any given
> In the last year and a half, the NYC IMC Open Publishing Newswire has been
> besieged with neo-nazi postings, and other items and commentary which are
> far away from what the Newswire is meant to be: A vital space of
> progressive and radical breaking news, commentary, articles, and
> There are no easy or perfect solutions to moderating an open newswire,
> rich with a healthy democracy of views.
> We have consensed on the following guidelines to help us decide what
> postings are appropriate and what are not. We believe that these
> guidelines will help to make the moderating process a clearer one for IMC
> volunteers, for anyone who self-publishes, and finally an unencumbered,
> useful and open newswire for readers worldwide.
> We especially encourage individuals to publish:
> - Well researched, timely articles
> - Eyewitness accounts of progressive actions and demonstrations
> - Coverage of New York City metro area issues
> - Media analysis
> - Investigative reports exposing injustice
> - Stories on events affecting underrepresented groups
> - Media produced from within underrepresented groups
> - Local stories with national or global significance
> - Stories on people or projects working towards social and economic
> - Original, underreported stories of local, regional, national, or global
> When May A Post Be Hidden?
> An �open publishing� system is founded, fundamentally, on
> trust. The editors of and participants in this project trust that other
> participants will use the newswire to publish news, or, at the least,
> intelligent and insightful commentary. But as New York Indymedia�s
> popularity has grown, so has the abuse of our open publishing system. Some
> of the abuse seems to be juvenile in nature; some it amounts to a
> deliberate attempt to destroy the project. What�s more, an
> unsystematic and scattershot moderation policy may have confused other
> readers, who might not be aware of what constitutes abuse and what
> constitutes news.
> The New York IMC editorial collective, in order to maintain the integrity
> of the newswire and the media commons it creates for our community of
> participants, may "hide" posts to the Newswire when the content disregards
> the guidelines that have been put in place (see below).
> We�d like to remind everyone that hidden articles are not deleted
> from the site. All content posted to the newswire can be accessed through
> the administrative interface, where hidden posts can be viewed.
> While we try to avoid hiding posts as much as possible, the following
> types of items will merit close scrutiny and may be hidden:
> - Spam posting; i.e., post deliberately designed to disrupt the newswire
> and its basic ability to function. These are posts that are deemed to be
> devoid of content or analysis and appear to be published with the sole
> purpose of disruption. An example of this kind of post, titled
> �Schummer Comes Out,� can be found here.
> - Posts the author has requested hidden.
> - Posts which are obviously incorrect or misleading. This includes
> attempts to spread dis-information or to impersonate another individual.
> For example, a poster once posted a cartoon under the name
> �Latuff� when in fact it was drawn by another artist. This
> post can be seen here.
> - Posts that contain generalized and negative assertions about any race,
> nation, creed, class, ethnic group, sexual orientation, etc.
> - Posts that advocate the mass physical elimination of a specific race,
> nation, creed, class, ethnic group, sexual orientation, etc, or that link
> to websites that advocate the same. The following story, for example,
> contained a link to a neo-Nazi website and was accordingly deleted. That
> said, while we deeply abhor both racism and anti-Semitism, such opposition
> does not automatically entail the complete or partial acceptance of the
> national agenda of any particular state.
> - Posts that treat the newswire as a personal �bulletin
> board� with non-political content directed at one or another
> newswire participants.
> - Unreadable formats (i.e. photos posted as text)
> - Posts titled "test."
> - Duplicate posts (including duplicate photographs)
> - Advertising of products or for-profit services.
> - Pornography, excepting sexually explicit satire.
> Within the above guidelines, we welcome posts that disagree with the
> opinions held by the editors of this website.
> Every six months, the New York IMC collective will review this policy, as
> well as a sampling of posts hidden during the previous six months. We
> would also like to emphasize that if any collective member disagrees with
> the hiding of any post, he or she may contact the editorial listserve or
> request to discuss the matter at a General Meeting.
> Contacting Us
> Members of the New York Indymedia collective do their best to moderate the
> newswire in the manner described above. However, sometimes we miss
> something. We welcome our readers to contact us at imcnycmod (at) yahoo
> (dot) com if they have a comment our question about newswire moderation.
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