Editorial Guidelines

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The Independent Media Centre (IMC/Indymedia) London is an open-publishing platform for news, issues, actions and analysis reporting on grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial social justice, environmental and political issues. IMC London is maintained by a network of media activists and groups. IMC stands for Independent Media Center. IMC London is dedicated to the open publishing ethos. This page explains how content on the site is generated and how you can contribute.To find out more, read our Mission Statement and the introductions to IMC London and our Shiny New Site.

IMC London users are moderating the site and collaborate in the production of features. Contents on the newswire and calendar are generated by anyone who wants to contribute. The open posting guidelines below have been created to ensure the integrity of the site according to the current Mission Statement. Occasionally we choose to hide postings offending the open posting guidelines. Because of the ‘real time’ nature of the newswire, it is not possible to monitor its contents 24 hours a day. All articles, hidden and showing can be inspected via the view all posts page.

Articles may be promoted for the following reasons:

The promoted newswire is to show the best of the newswire. Users and moderators will promote any good posts. The guidelines below cover common practice, but are neither mandatory or comprehensive. In general, posts meeting the following guidelines will be promoted:

  • original, first hand reports on actions and other events

  • good, original analysis that reflects the ethos expressed in the Mission Statement

In general, the following types of posts will not be promoted:

  •  re-posts from other sources (blogs etc)

  • announcements of events will not be promoted, because they are published on the calendar.

Articles and/or comments may be hidden for the following reasons:

  • Non London related reports: contributions that are not strictly related to London.

  • Repeated : content that is reposted or text that was originally a comment posted as a report. * Non-news : posts which are clearly purely comment, opinion or rants unrelated to a recent event or action etc.

  • Discrimination : posts using language, imagery, or other forms of communication promoting racism, fascism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination againt people based on who they are rather than what they do (including antisemitism, anti-roma)

  • Inaccurate : posts that are inaccurate or misleading.

  • Advertising : posts with personal or product promotions.

  • Hierarchy : The newswire is designed to generate a news resource, not a notice-board for political parties or any other hierarchically structured organizations.

  • Disruptive : Contributions by individuals who habitually publish above mentioned discouraged content.

  • Reposts : Articles that are simply pasted from corporate news sites. Please write something original, by all means link to articles elsewhere and quote from them but don’t just copy them.

  • Personal attack: Articles and/or comments that contain abusive language against other activists or site users. Please make your point without resorting to personal abuse.

  • Posts in other languages than English: This guideline aims to stop the spamming of the newswire by articles that are published entirely in other languages than English. Please feel free to publish reports in the language of your choice providing that they include a full translation into English language, or, at least, a comprehensive summary in English about what the posting is about.

  • Complaints : Queries about moderation are dealt with on the Imc-london-moderation list, which can be accessed through http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-london-moderation. These issues are not dealt with through the newswire, and posts on these topics will be hidden.

Sections on London indymedia

  • Newswire: London indymedia adheres to the open publishing ethos. Everybody is free to post on the newswire or add comments to newswire articles. However, IMC London volunteers may hide postings, which are offending the open posting guidelines. Hidden content is visible in the View all posts section. Any hiding of content that volunteers may make will automatically be reported to the imc-london-moderation list.

  • Comments: Everybody can add their own comments at the end of each article providing that the author of the article has enabled the comments facility. Comments are subject to the guidelines for hiding. They can be used to add information, correct inaccurate or malicious information, or rectify misinformation. Corrections and rectifications can be given prominent status by contacting the IMC London moderation list with the qualified accurate information.

  • Events Calendar: Please list all announcements and upcoming events on the Calendar. Just click the ‘Publish an event’ link on the publish page.

  • Features: The features on the middle column of the IMC London website reflect postings to the newswire. Features are highlighting content published users contribute to the site to make them more accessible. They are put together by volunteers communicating on the imc-london list. Any individual can join the imc-london list and propose a new feature for the middle column. A proposal can take the form of an idea or a completed feature. Completed features are usually between 50 and 80 words and include at least one link to the newswire, preferably also links to background information. If no one objects to the feature proposal within 24-hours, and if it is completed, it will be uploaded to the middle column. The 24-hour rule ensures that everybody can contribute to the middle column and allows time for collaborative improvements and considerations.

Legal disclaimer

IMC London is an interactive site offering inclusive participation. All postings to the open publishing newswire are the responsibility of the individual authors and not of London indymedia. Although IMC London volunteers attempt to ensure accuracy of the newswire, they take non responsibility legal or otherwise for the contents of the open publishing site. Mention of external web sites or services is for information purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation.