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 — the website of the SF Bay Area and Santa Cruz Independent Media Centers — 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 — beyond just your circle of friends and acquaintances — 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 — 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 — but after ten years in operation — Indybay is a growing historical archive of many radical actions that have taken place over the years.
Days of Action Against the Tuition Hikes
Massive Student Walkouts for Immigrant Rights
RNC 2008 Included Pre-Emptive Raids, Confiscations, Arrests
Indybay Coverage of the Justice for Oscar Grant Movement
(2009 - ?)
Indybay Multimedia Hosting
Indybay has multimedia features similar to what you might be familiar with at other advanced websites. You can post simple text, html, photos, audio, and video in a variety of formats. With few restrictions (i.e. maximum size of each uploaded file being 160MB), you can share as much or as little as you have the ability and resources to do. You don't need an expensive camera to contribute, just a willingness to take the time to write a few paragraphs about your experience. If you are comfortable with digital media, you are welcome to step beyond text posts and share your photos, video, and audio. Don't worry if others have already posted about a certain action — the more perspectives shared on any given event, the better.
Occupy Everything Fight Everywhere Strike March 4!
UC Berkeley Strike and Occupation 6
Education and Student Activism News photo gallery
three songs from Live Week concert on december 11th
Final moments inside the November 20th occupation of Wheeler Hall on video
Publishing to Indybay
There are no pre-requisites for publishing to Indybay. The media-makers who post to Indybay range from professional writers, photographers, and videographers to first-timers writing a few quick paragraphs to describe an event they attended, from organizers listing large and small events in the calendar
to individuals who unexpectedly stumble upon a noteworthy protest they want to tell others about.
From your computer...
To publish your news to Indybay
, simply go to http://www.indybay.org/publish.php
and fill out the simple form. While it's not required, if you or someone you know has photographs or video and experience with preparing them for the web, you can easily add up to 20 attachments to each post.
To publish notice of upcoming events to Indybay
, simply go to http://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_add.php
and fill in all relevant information for the calendar.
From your iPhone, Android phone, or Blackberry...
To publish breaking, on-scene reports and photos
, download one of the Indybay Phone Applications
(free) before you hit the streets.
Mobile version of Indybay...
If you should find you ever need assistance posting to the site, contact site administrators at sfbay-web [at] lists.indymedia.org
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