LA IMC is a relatively successful project, in terms of allowing a range of people to publish stories.
The commenting system, however, is quite old-fashioned.
Also, the internet terrain has changed significantly, with an expansion of media, including blogs, group blogs, news aggregators, for-profit and non-profit news sites, and commenting sites.
Pligg is a digg-like system where news headlines are aggregated, voted upon, and commented upon.
Is there any interest in Pligg for LA IMC? http://www.pligg.com/