What is Indymedia?

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Indymedia is a fluid mix of politics, technology and media. It is a web of politically active networks, collectives and individuals that come together to offer grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues. Formed during the 1999 anti-globalisation protests in Seattle, the project has now spread to over 70 countries worldwide and thousands of activists like yourself provide the network with life on a voluntary basis.

The guiding principle behind indymedia is Do-It-Yourself. Indymedia is not an alternative news service that can be brought in, complete with journalists, cameras and kit, to report on your action or event. It’s a collaborative project which allows YOU to become the media yourself. There are many ways to get involved, for example by participating in a regional collective, by getting involved in radio, video or print production (and a whole range of other indymedia projects) or by reporting your grass-roots news via the PUBLISH button on the website.

We know that it can be daunting for someone new to indymedia to take the first steps in getting involved, which is why we’ve produced this guide. If you want to have a go at publishing your own grassroots news stories to an indymedia newswire, then all the basics you need are here in these pages.