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Santa Cruz Independent Media Center Updates Editorial Policy

We have consensed on the following guidelines to help us decide what postings are appropriate and what are not. We believe that these guidelines will help to make the moderating process a clearer one for IMC volunteers, for anyone who self-publishes, and finally an unencumbered, useful and open newswire for readers worldwide.
Santa Cruz Independent Media Center Editorial Policy

Introduction

We have consensed on the following guidelines to help us decide what postings are appropriate and what are not. We believe that these guidelines will help to make the moderating process a clearer one for IMC volunteers, for anyone who self-publishes, and finally an unencumbered, useful and open newswire for readers worldwide.

We especially encourage people to publish:

- Well written and researched, timely articles
- Eyewitness accounts of actions and demonstrations
- Coverage of Monterey Bay area issues
- Media analysis
- Investigative reports exposing injustice
- Stories on events affecting underrepresented groups
- Media produced from within underrepresented groups
- Stories with national or global significance
- Stories on people or projects working towards social and economic justice
- Original, under-reported stories of local, regional, national, or global importance.

The Santa Cruz 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 or delete posts to the Newswire at their discretion. For example, posts that contain blatantly racist, sexist, homophobic, or other hateful material intended to objectify, intimidate, or injure traditionally oppressed or under-represented groups or that link to websites that advocate the same, may be deleted.

The SC-IMC collective reserves the right to alter or amend this editorial policy without prior notice. Any alterations or amendments to this policy will be indicated by a notice posted on our Newswire.

This editorial policy is based in part on the policy of New York City IMC.
nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3

Contacting Us

Members of the Santa Cruz Indymedia collective do their best to moderate the Newswire in the manner described above. We welcome our readers to
contact us at imc-sc (at) lists.indymedia.org if they have a comment or question about Newswire moderation.

The Santa Cruz Indymedia collective is always looking to expand its membership. If you'd like to become involved, please attend one of our meetings. Information on upcoming meetings can found here: santacruz.indymedia.org/info/display/meetings/index.php


- Santa Cruz Indpendent Media Center Collective

(8/25/03)
 
 


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Re: Santa Cruz Independent Media Center Updates Editorial Policy

Why, in the second article on this topic that I have seen in the last couple of weeks, do you still use the non-word "consensed" after previously admitting that using it in the first place was an error? Are you defiantly trying to create language? Manufacture consensus? Make those who care about English incensed? What's the sense in that?
 

Re: Santa Cruz Independent Media Center Updates Editorial Policy

And did you think I didn't see the comment in the other article, averring that "consensed" was a word used in some cultural groups? What groups would those be: The Doubletalkers? The Obfuscators? The lexicographically challenged? Are you making policy for your clique alone, or for the broad public to read and understand? If the latter, then shouldn't you make an effort to use words that are in broad, common use, and not recently coined by certain "cultural groups"? Do you not understand that language is a shared agreement, and that you limit your readership by using coindages that are not undisputed elements of that agreement? Do you not understand that the use of jargon, "in" terms, and other obscurities is an EXCLUSIONARY, not an INCLUSIONARY action? Are you saying, "it is OK to post here as long as we like you, but if we don't, if you're not one of us, you won't even be fully able to understand our editorial policy?"

Are you "talkin 'bout your generation"? Is your position, "Don't try to dig what we all say???" Would be surprised if the general reaction is, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss: we won't get fooled again"?
 

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