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IMC Scotland, 15-03-2003 00:00

Indymedia Scotland Editorial Guidelines

Indymedia UK is a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues.

IMC-SCOTLAND Editorial Guidelines

IMC-SCOTLAND Newswire policy

The Scotland Independent Media Center is a grassroots collective committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice. Through this work, we seek to promote diversity and unity in the progressive community throughout Scotland and the rest of Great Britain, further the self-determination of people under-represented in the media, and to illuminate and analyze local and global issues that impact ecosystems, communities and individuals. We are dedicated to generating alternatives to the corporate media and to identifying and creating positive models for a sustainable and equitable society, particularly in Scotland.

In accordance with the Scotland IMC's overall mission, the online newswire is designed to empower individuals to become independent journalists by providing a direct forum for presenting media, including text articles, audio and video recordings, and photographs, to the public via the internet.

IMC-Scotland has the following maxim it would like to apply to publishing:

The article should be relevant, written for IMC-SCOTLAND and not spam.

The Indymedia Scotland website operates on a system of 'open publishing' i.e. anyone can upload a written report, image or audio clip directly to the site through an openly accessible web interface, given the guidelines detailed.

Indymedia Scotland encourages:

  • Grassroots coverage of important social and political issues, especially those ignored my mainstream media.
  • A focus on events and issues relevant to people living in Scotland.
  • Announcements of any forthcoming actions or campaigns (in the Calendar section).
  • Comments added to any news report on the site.

  • Participation in Indymedia Scotland is encouraged!

Also, please remember Indymedia Scotland hides and may delete:

- Language or imagery which is racist, sexist, anti-semitic, bullying, mobbing or homophobic, or in any other way discriminatory and domineering.

  • Commercial advertising.
  • In-factual or misleading reports.
  • Repeated posting of any text, image or audio clip.
  • Party political propaganda.
  • 'Spam' includes 'tofu', spam relating to activism that is mass-posted.
  • Postings by individuals who have a pattern of behavior that leads to the above mentioned discouraged postings.

After stories have been published, they can be edited, linked or even deleted by IMC-SCOTLAND. We like to link related stories, so that they appear grouped together on the summary pages. For instance, this can be used to display together:

Sound bites from the same event; a picture with text about the same thing; a lower quality real audio or quick-time file with a higher quality (but slower to transfer) MP3 audio clip for radio stations to re-broadcast; a video in real video or quick-time with a freeze frame picture; a group of stories about the same issues;

The newswire is an open-publishing resource, as detailed by above. The newswire is not intended for promotion of commercial enterprises, advertisements, religious diatribes, or as forum for sociopaths to abuse the community. To serve this end, the network is empowered to delete posts that are sexist, racist, homophobic, pornographic, fascist, or repetitive (spam). The decisions to make newswires center-column features on the main page will also take place through an IMC-SCOTLAND active consensus process.

The scotland newswire on the sub page on imcuk also is covered by the general editorial guidlines for the whole of the imcuk site.

Also see Indymedia Scotland's own website which may have a more dynamic evolving editorial policy

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