This site is an archived version of Indymedia prior to 5th November 2012. The current site is at www.indymedia.org.nz.

Call out for ((I))ndymedia-istas

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((i))ndymedia Aotearoa is now 10 years old and has progressed through the years with hundreds of people involved since the beginning. Involvement in ((i))ndymedia has ranged from tech support, web design, editorial collective, info stalls, film screenings, workshops, photography but most importantly the literally thousands of works of DIY journalism. ((i))ndymedia also acts as a networking hub for community events in the events calender.

The Independent Media Centre continues to evolve, recently adopting a new website format and this evolution will continue as those involved continue to try and make the site more welcoming for accurate, passionate works of citizen journalism.  

Ultimately, ((i))ndymedia is driven by those who use it and if you are passionate about grassroots media there are plenty of ways to get involved in the project. Some ideas include;

1. Content!  If you have never published on ((i))ndymedia, it is pretty easy and can be done by clicking on the 'publish' button at the top right and go from there. Articles could be on community issues, review of a protest or alternative analysis on a specific issue. Even a couple hundred words could give valuable insight into a topic not covered by the corporate media. 

For those with an interested in writing in a more regular/committed capacity, contact us at auckland@indymedia.org.nz

2. Form a local Collective  Currently, there are local ((i))ndymedia collectives in Whangarei, Auckland, Taranaki, Wellington and Nelson. Join them! If there are a few people interested you may be able to form a local ((i))ndymedia collective where you live. Local groups can organise community events, film screenings and report on local issues.

3. Tech and Editorial collective  There is a small but dedicated crew of ((i))ndymedia-istas that do the day to day work to keep the project going. If you have tech/web skills or want more substantial involvement in moderating/writing please get in touch with the editorial collective or auckland(at)indymedia.org.nz

4.  Community Events  Indy needs to get out there!  Hosting workshops, film screenings, skillshares, and active local collectives.

Most importantly a huge thanks to everyone who has supported the project over the years!

-((i))ndy editorial collective.

Comments

Indymedia could do with a bit more input

It appears that over recent months there has been a lower level of input coming from various activists and interested persons. This is very regrettable. At times we had lively debate on this forum. That is still happening under some topics, but sadly many appear to have moved on to use other forums more frequently.

Also is there a trend to create Facebook and other discussion or opinion webpages. This leads to a fragmentation of movements, which I feel is not serving the purpose of creating a wider joint movement to push important issues. We have the old problem of the left being very divided into groupings catering for particular lines of thought or philosophies.

Some may dislike being criticised, and others understandably get annoyed by certain trolls or whatever you may call them.

It is from my point of view important to stand for a position, debate it if necessary and put trollsters into their place.

By being over-sensitive and avoiding challenges, moving to other venues and continuing to fraternise in fragmented fringe groups, nothing much will be achieved and no common purpose will be served. Do not forget: This system we have only survives, because they are able to divide and rule!

Hence I can only encourage everyone that feels to have a view, to have a point or argument, strongly believes in activism and changes and wants to spread this to take the initiative and post more on this site.

Thanks and best of luck!

whats happened to AFA ?  AR

whats happened to AFA ?  AR needs you in this country !

Oh ... no, not again ...

Perhaps Indymedia.nz.org might attract more attention if it wasn't renown for being such a prissy nanny statelet annexed to the the Pentagon's long drop.

If you say "fascism" here the little pixies get all hot and bothered as if they have something to hide.  Just check out the hidden comments whydoncha before the little queer brownshirts dressed in green overalls that purport to be arbiters of taste and virtue permanently delete them.

Keys to a robust IMC

kia ora koutou

Ko te mea tuatahi, he mihi nui ki nga kaimahi o Te Komako Motuhake.

Firstly, greetings and respect to all those who are currently active as stewards of the Aotearoa Indymedia. At times it can be a gruelling and thankless job, so thank you for your time and energy. At other times it can be an exciting and challenging one, so hopefully the coming years have more of that to offer you.

For me there are two key ingredients to building a robust Independent Media Centre. The first is diversity. From the beginning, Indymedia was intended to be a forum for discussion and open debate among people from a wide range of groups who work against the state-corporate machinery in some way. This is why open-publishing is such a core principle - so that no one group could dominate the content of the site, thus reducing that diversity.

"Web 2.0" innovations like blog sites and social networking sites have mainstreamed the open-publishing principle. As Radical says, anyone can start a FaeceBook group. What Indymedia still offers is the potential to have robust debates including many points of view, all in one place. This requires ed volunteers to be seen to be disciplined about hiding only abusive or repetitive postings, not items they disagree with politically, and to be accountable to the community of users for what they hide. It also requires regular posters to be a moderating influence on the comments boards, lifting the tone of the debate with thoughtful postings, and links to examples and evidence, rather than calling people trolls and letting debate descend into name-calling.

Secondly, what takes place online is only the tip of the iceberg. Maintaining an open-publishing website is an important focus, and the work of researching and writing features needs to be done. But attracting and growing that diverse base of users also requires IMCistas to be visible in realspace, doing things like:
- actively network with as many activist and community groups as possible by attenting meetings, conferences, and events
- attend protests and actions of all kinds, on all sorts of issues, and encourage those present to post their thoughts, images etc on the site
- produce stickers, patches, posters, badges, t-shirts and other materials that combine the indymedia urls with messages about the purpose of the site

Finally, I'd like to suggest again two new slogans for Indymedia.'Become the media' was an appropriate slogan in the days before "Web 2.0", but this idea is now mainstream. People are drowning in a flood of online news, commentary, tweets and status updates, much of it passively consumed. To paraphrase one bearded patriarch; bloggers have described the world, the point is to change it. What we need now are ways to identiy and share information that is practically useful, information that can help us change the real world that media exist to describe. To this end I propose the slogan 'use the news'.

Following on from this, one of the essential differences between Indymedia and commercial news outlets is that where commercial media break communities into demographics and sell them to advertisers, Indymedia encourages a dialogue between people and communities that brings them together for mutual benefit. To sum this up; 'Interactive news for active communities'.

No reira, he mihi aroha ki nga tangata katoa o te ao, ka whakamau tonu te kaupapa o te whakapono, o te rangimarie.

Love to all the peoples of the world who are working to uphold the vision of global justice and peace.

Currently, there are local

Currently, there are local ndymedia collectives in Whangarei, 70-503 test Auckland, Taranaki, Wellington and Nelson. 70-682 test Join them! If there are a few people interested you may 70-089 test be able to form a local ndymedia collective where you live.70-561 test  Local groups can organise community events, film screenings and report on local issues.

       

Also is there a trend to

Also is there a trend to create braindumps Facebook and other discussion or opinion webpages. This leads to a fragmentation of movements,646-205 test  which I feel is not serving 642-436 test the purpose of creating a wider joint movement to push important issues. We have the 642-642 test old problem of the left being very divided into groupings catering for particular lines of thought or philosophies.

 

       

A suggestion

Just a thought ...

If Indymedia Aotearoa abandonned the anonymous standard it would serve as a self moderating mechanism.  People would be careful about what they post if they are obliged to be registered users.

You're not going to tell me that the internet is anonymous, that no-one can know who I am just by looking up my IP address and vectoring in on my account history, content tags and so forth, including triangulation techniques on social networks. I know full well that entire government departments are devoted to such intelligence gathering.

Anyway ... what do you have to fear?  Have an opinion and stand by it.