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How to Publish to this Site
YOU are encouraged to post your news, comments, event announcements, etc to the site!
SF Bay Area Independent Media Center (http://bayarea.indymedia.org or http://www.indybay.org) is an open publishing website, which means that YOU are encouraged to post your news, comments, event announcements, etc to the site! Posts to the newswire automatically go to the "breaking/other" section on the front page. Editors categorize them according to whether or not they are news and have local or global import.
These steps might seem like a pain in the butt at first, but once you get used to them you can almost do them with your eyes closed. We want to have more people posting their news to the site- from event announcements to reports on what happened at the police commission hearing or whatever, we want people to tell their stories.
How to post an event to the calendar: At the top of the page, there is a bar that has links to several parts of the site or to affiliated groups-- click on Calendar. Then click add an event. You don't have to enter something for every sngle line, but it is helpful to have as much info as possible. Make sure to do the date and location, and to have a title that tells a bit about what kind of event it is. Choose a topic! Police brutality stuff goes in the police category, etc.
How to publish to the newswire (the newswire is the list of articles that can be found on the right side of the page): At the top of the page, there is a bar that has links to several parts of the site or to affiliated groups-- click on Publish. Do you have photos, files such as pdf's (a lot of flyers are saved in a format called pdf), or audio or video files? If so, go down to the bottom and you will see that it says "STEP 3: ATTACH A FILE How many files to upload?" Go to the dropdown menu there and select the number of files. Then click enter. The page will reload with extra fields where you browse on your computer to find each file's location. Technically speaking, you have to give each item a title-- but you can use the same title for each one.
You also have to go to the top of the page and give your post a title, say who posted it, give a summary (this can be the first paragraph of the main text, or the location and date info of your event, for example) and a main text (that one is Step 2). You also should choose a topic and a location.
MAKE SURE TO USE A TITLE THAT REFLECTS WHAT THE CONTENT IS. That way people will be more likely to click on the article and read it. For example: Don't make it just "police brutality." Instead, make it something like "6/23: Protest John Kerry in SF!" or, "6/23, SF: Memorial for 2 People Killed by SFPD" or whatever.
We would appreciate it if you would also tell your family, friends, and coworkers about the site- it is a great place to read or publish your news! Point out the list of feature pages that is on the left side of the page- we cover issues ranging from police and prisons to the environment to lesbian, gay, etc issues, to womyn's concerns to the government and elections. We are not just a website- there are groups that produce an online radio station, video, and a newspaper who are affiliated with SF Bay Area IMC. We also have a computer lab in the Redstone Building at 16th and Capp (in the suite where Oct. 22nd used to have its office) and we helped to set up a computer lab at 6th St. Books in SF in June of 2004. If folks are interested in getting more involved or have questions, they are invited to check out the about us and contact us sections which are linked to up at the top of the front page.
So you want to write for Indybay's center column...Here are some guidelines. Bear in mind that it is at the Indybay Website Collective's (and individual editors') discretion whether your story will appear in the center column, and we reserve the right to edit for content, clarity, grammar/punctuation, tone, etc.