Editorial Policy, Open Publishing
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.
Los Angeles Indymedia itself is composed of volunteers who moderate=
In the last year and a half, the Los Angeles IMC Open Publishing
Newswire has been besieged with detractive 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 announcements.
There are no easy or perfect solutions to moderating an open
newswire, rich with a healthy democracy of views.
We have decided by consensus on the following guidelines to help us
postings are appropriate and what are not. We believe that these
guidelines will help to make the moderating process clearer for
IMC volunteers, for anyone who self-publishes, and will result in
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 Southern California 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,
environmental, political, and economic justice
Original, underreported stories of local, regional, national, or
- Stories ignored by corporate media outlets
When May A Post Be Hidden?
An "open publishing" system is founded, fundamentally, on trust.
The participants in, and editors
of, this project trust that other participants will use the newswire to
publish intelligent and insightful news and commentary. As Los Angeles
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 is a deliberate attempt to destroy the project.
What's more, an unsystematic and scattershot moderation policy may have
confused readers, who might not be aware of what constitutes
abuse and what constitutes news.
The Los Angeles 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 doesn't fit the guidelines we have decided to
use (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 from
a link from the front page, 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., posts 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.
- Posts the author has requested hidden.
- Posts that are obviously incorrect or misleading. This includes
attempts to spread misinformation or to impersonate another individual.
- 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.
- Posts that treat the newswire as a personal "bulletin board"
with non-political content directed at one or another newswire
- 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.
Every six months, the Los Angeles IMC collective will review this
policy and 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
listserv (imc-la-web) or request to discuss the matter at a Webitorial
Meeting. (See the calendar for meeting dates.)
Members of the Los Angeles Indymedia collective do our best to
moderate the newswire in the manner described above, however, sometimes
we miss something. We welcome our readers to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions about newswire
Last updated Fri, 16 Dec 2005 04:16:09 -0800