[imc-st.louis] Next IMC-StL Reboot Meeting, Mon 3/26 8:30pm, @ CAMP
westbywest at riseup.net
Sun Mar 25 17:45:59 PDT 2007
> Next Meeting @ CAMP, 8:30pm
> 3026 Cherokee, 2nd Floor
> Contact: eM: sca at free-assembly.org
> Ph: Ben (314.401.6985)
> Selected minutes from prior meeting...
> IMC-StL Re-Boot_Brainstorm ~ Session 1
> Thursday, March 15 @ 7 Pm
> Typo Cafe ~ 3159 Cherokee St. (at Compton), St. Louis
> Scoping Agenda
> ~ IMC Status, Ops, Logistics... IndyMedia operations, logistics, crew
> process -- essential partipation & skills;
> ~ IMC Structure & Editorial Policy... updates, building quality & continuity
> ~ Media Connections ~ IMC connections with Confluence & other media re:
> news content & coverage;
> ~ IndyJournalists ~ openings for investigative reportage, putting local
> skills to work;
> ~ Regional Media Resource ~ making IMC-StL a resource for regional
> journalism & media issues;
> GOALS -- Visioning IMC-StL in future action...
> ¥ Inclusive Reportage -
> ¥ IMC as 'Media Organization' -
> ¥ Investigative Journalism -
> ¥ KDHX, TV & Radio Cahoots -
> ¥ Media Training - bringing in facts & stories...
> STRUCTURE ~ How IMC's are set up...
> The "Collective" ------------->
> In Indymedia's inception and emergent local groups, the
> "Collective" has been the operating body -- comprising and running the
> IMC as volunteers. This is still recognized as the common unit of
> organization, reflecting principles of equal cooperation and
> decision-making. It has worked remarkably well in support of political
> events, and some strong chapters have maintained and grown in this form.
> However Collectives are also vulnerable to skill gaps, personnel
> attrition, personality conflicts, and lack of funds. Many chapters have
> struggled with such issues, IMC-StL among them. This structure is good
> for ad hoc collaboration, agility in event coverage, grassroots access,
> & community values... it's bad for stability, continuity, and public
> . Status: founding Collective dispersed, support & news input
> dissipated since 2005, Editorial group mostly disbanded. Ben West has
> been carrying the operation, keeping the site up and communicating to
> the eM list,. He has plans to set up a new program & interface for the
> website -- based on the directions IMC-StL takes, and the able
> participation it pulls in.
> --------------> an "Unincorporated Association"
> The Collective is 'almost' an "Unincorporated Association" -- the
> minimal group entity recognized by law, a fitting & logical evolution.
> It is still composed of volunteers plugging in, but sets up a viable
> legal framework for inside work, outside business, & public
> interactions. It operates on simple bylaws and agreed process for
> decisions & projects.
> - Nevertheless, is there use in some sort of "branding" or
> "trademarking" of IMC
> [advantages as a public-interest organization] ........ [autonomy
> and clear authority in IMC actions]
> Potential for offering incentive to contributing writers
> (financial would of course be nice)? Writer's fellowship?
> ORGANIZING ~ Setting up the Re-Boot
> Now; Constituting a Working Group... Enabling via agreed Guidelines...
> Next: Defining a Working Process... restore monthly meetings...
> Later: Strategic Planning...
> TO DO ~ First Steps
>  Crew-Building: 3 major areas -- Editorial, Tech-Ops, Programs
>  Targeted Outreach:
>  Research IMC Strategies: IndyMedia raps & resources
>  Public Event: bigger plenary powwow...
>  Journalism Training: ...South Side U.? ... KDHX?
> - 6 week workshop
> - workshops on interviewing techniques
> - how to get a story
> - regular staffing?
> MISC Comments (added by Ben)
> Immediate steps
> - Have editors contribute stories to put up *one new feature per week*
> - Very important to limit the burden on the folks involved
> - Work on timelines
> -IMC is by nature an online site
> -Newspapers are by nature top-heavy, difficulty managing presentation
> of broad content
> -Suggest experimentation w/ web interface
> - Recent corporate acquisition of independent media, e.g. RFT, Village
> - Tim: IMC can provide (as it has in limited ways) coverage where
> mainstream media leaves off
> - Different playing field nationwide
> - "Democracy Now" has filled a breach, but shouldn't be the only show
> doing such. Better accountability for the public $$$ spent on DN?
> - Build up "little black book," i.e. contacts and know-out to share
> with other writers
> - Business cards
> Suggested Homework: Research how other orgs have dealt with these problems
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