November 1, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
INDYMEDIA NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS COVERAGE
On the eve of what will be one of the most important elections in U.S.
history, the Indymedia network announces the launch of a new and critical
website for gathering the news and views of ordinary people across the
country and around the world.
With its mission of publishing independent, on-the-ground reports from the
people who experience the news most directly, www.indymedia.us will amplify
the voices of those most impacted not only by the elections process, but
also by the policies of either a Bush or Kerry administration.
"Indymedia has changed the face of journalism through its creative and
comprehensive coverage from the front lines of struggles for social
justicethrough out the world," says Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!,
the independent public radio and TV news hour. "With its vast network of
unembedded journalists throughout the country indymedia.us will become a
weapon in the fight for the truth about what happens on November 2nd and
The US IMC website centers around a syndicated wire of all featured
articles published by participating local US-based IMCs. As with all
the USIMCÂ¹s open publishing newswire empowers people to become the media by
posting their articles, photos, videos, and audio clips directly to the
websiteÂ¹s wire. But the US IMCÂ¹s main function is to make the news that is
published, culled and edited to local IMC sites relevant and accessible to
a broader audience.
For breaking news reports, indymedia is also working with election monitors
and equiping them with text messege emergency blast networks, call in
centers and more.
"Indymedia is the only source that truly comes from the ground-up," says
journalist and activist Rosa Clemente. "Young people all across the globe
are learning how to be the story-tellers of their community. In a whole
host of ways, Indymedia has access to reports that the corporate media and
even most alternative media outlets do not."
There are currently 165 autonomous Independent Media Centers (IMC) around
the world. Over 50 of them are in the United States.
Indymedia is a grassroots network committed to using media production and
distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice. It is
dedicated to addressing issues that the mainstream media neglects and hopes
to empower people to "become the media" by providing democratic access to
available technologies and information.
Visit the site at: http://us.indymedia.org
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