[Sfbay-news] Call-Out to Students and Education Workers: Post March 4th Reports and Photos to Indybay
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University, College, and High School Students and Education Workers
Publish Your March 4th Breaking News, Reports, Photos and Video to Indybay.org
The Importance of Radical Activists and Journalists Utilizing Indymedia
As March 4th approaches, your schemes are being firmed up, and the resistance commences against budget cuts and fee hikes, be sure to make plans for documenting the actions in which you participate and witness. If not you yourself, then discuss with others who amongst you can best capture and report on what happens in the streets or occupations. Do not rely on the corporate media to tell your story. They are guaranteed to disappoint with shallow coverage that never tells the full story, especially not from your perspective, or from that of those standing up against the dismantling of public education in California. You and your allies must tell the stories yourselves.
Indybay has a proud 10-year history as a radical news website where activists and independent journalists continue to publish their own news in their own words. Indybay.org â the website of the SF Bay Area and Santa Cruz Independent Media Centers â is a unique and invaluable open-publishing resource where every reader can also be a reporter.
Long before corporate "Web 2.0" sites were allowing users to post photos and video, Indybay was hosting a wide breadth of activist's' stories and media from across Northern California and beyond. Besides the obvious problem of patronizing large for-profit corporations that often work against the interests of social justice, corporate websites routinely hand over personally identifiable information to law enforcement or other corporations, whereas Indybay values your security and privacy in ways such as not logging the IP addresses of those who post to the site.
Additionally, at mega-sites your content might get seen but it also can easily get lost amongst personal anecdotes and cute cat videos in not much time. That sort of content may be fine in and of itself for what it is, but if you are trying to get your message out to those most attuned to radical actions in Northern California â beyond just your circle of friends and acquaintances â the Indybay audience is who you want to reach.
There are a number of excellent student blogs out there, but the number of people who can publish to each one is limited and therefore individual blogs can not offer the comprehensive coverage that an open-publishing web portal like Indybay can. You are more likely to find coverage of demonstrations from multiple angles and viewpoints on Indybay, which can be useful for rounding out the picture of what happened at actions that are large or fast-moving. If you do already maintain a group blog, however, and your content is relevant to other Indybay coverage, you are strongly encouraged to cross-post your stories to Indybay and include a link back to your own blog.
Lots of people will see what you publish to Indybay. Every single day, Indybay serves between 100,000 and 150,000 page views on average, toward the higher end or above on "big news" days. Over the years, Indybay has established itself as a credible and reliable news source, ranking well in search engines such as google news â people who may never have even heard of Indybay will find your perspective and stories listed amongst those of corporate news outlets that normally dominate the media narrative.
Indybay Is More Than Even Just a News Site
Indybay is not only the place to post breaking news as it unfolds â but after ten years in operation â Indybay is a growing historical archive of many radical actions that have taken place over the years.
Read More with links at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/02/28/18639073.php
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