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Indymedia's Fifth Birthday - New Structures Adopted, Your Help Wanted!
national | indymedia ireland | feature Sunday November 26, 2006 03:50 by 1 of IMC - Indymedia Ireland Website Collective
Five Years Old: A Lot Done and A Lot More To Do
After a long process the Indymedia Ireland Internet Collective would like to announce the new changes that it has made to its operating structures and processes and we hope this will now usher in a new era for the future of the Indymedia Ireland website.
As the site has grown, the Indymedia Ireland Internet Collective has grown too, suffering the usual growing pains of any organisation. In our case we have always tried to stick to our original objectives to be democratic, transparent and encourage participation and at the same time to try to adhere to the Global Indymedia Principles of Unity. Two years ago, we adopted a list of editorial guidelines to help us make objective editorial decisions. Now, we have agreed a number of structural changes, in order to make things run smoother and to make it easier for new people to get involved.
For this to work, and for us to keep on growing, we need your help.
It's that time of the year again when our bills are due, so we need donations to keep the website running. Our costs are very low; all we need is a couple of thousand euros a year to pay our hosting charges - all our members are volunteers and we put thousands of hours of unpaid labour into keeping things going. So, please, help us out by donating to our fundraising drive. Half of the money that we raise will be sent to Africa to assist in the set up of an Indymedia centre in Nairobi, Kenya, to coincide with the World Social Forum which will take place there in January 2007.
As well, make sure to check out the lists where people are working in the background on Indymedia - editing, making and planning independent media. Don't Hate the Media, Be the Media.
The Strains and Stresses of Growth
We hope that the new structures in place will enable Indymedia Ireland to grow further, breaking new ground in reporting the news from the front lines of democracy. As many people know and realise the role of the media in a democracy is central but at the same time the structure of that media is important too. An undemocratic, unaccountable, centralised hierarchical media which automatically concentrates power at the top and to the very few is incapable of carrying out its role of enabling democracy. It is itself a clone of the structure of power. Hopefully Indymedia, with its more democratic, transparent and participatory structure, is more in line with the society it hopes to enable. This would be a democratic society where the people have a say rather than an opportunity to tick a few boxes on a multi-choice list once every four years after an extensive and sophisticated modern marketing and PR campaign.
Join the Media Revolution
As Indymedia Ireland continues to grow, so will it's influence. It will go from being a mere annoyance to a thorn in the side of those who hold power in some form or another. We therefore encourage everyone who is part of Indymedia Ireland in some way, whether that be by being a member of the collective, on the mailing lists, a contributor of stories or comments or in fact a reader and a voice for us out amongst wider society, to get more involved and spread the message further so that we cannot be easily eliminated.
You don't need any great skills to get involved, we are looking for help in just about every area. From helping to write the features for the front pages, to letting under-represented groups know about indymedia, we want your help. We can provide training and all sorts of other advice and assistance to those who want to get involved. See our guide to how you can help indymedia for more information.
Finally the Indymedia Ireland Internet Collective would like to thank all those people who have contributed over the years and brought us the news for without that we would not have become what we are and we would not have achieved what we have so far. Through these efforts, many including ourselves have been inspired and it looks promising for the future.
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For those of you with short memories, here's a glance at what the site used to look like in the good/bad old days of finding our feet...