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Beyond Indymedia? How do we reach out to everybody else who does not read this?

What more can we do?
Indymedia is wonderful, but it is mostly preaching to the choir. I have personally witnessed no evidence of any outreach to the larger community.

Is there any effort to bring these messages to the masses who don't have no idea IMC exists?

Public access radio and cable does not do this. Very few outsiders tune in.

What about IMC putting together a daily single sheet news letter and posting it here in pdf format? Volunteers (you and me) could use their office computers, paper, and copy machines (or even pay for it themselves) to run off enough to distribute in the workplace and on the streets. If it is attractive, readable, and persuasive it might do some good in reaching people who would otherwise remain uninformed.

Whatever outreach methods can be used, they should have a permanent and prominent place on the home page.
some thoughts 24.Dec.2003 10:17

imc poster

Daily would be way too much work to start out with, I think. I don't think there is enough original material to create a daily news paper (even of one sheet), and it would be tons of work. The way to go, I think, is to do a consistent weekly paper. That would still be a fair amount of work but quite possible. Then volunteers could grab them off the website, as you suggested, and then hand them out to friends or downtown (even if people didn't accept it, they'd be finding out that Indymedia exists). Perhaps we could also do what the "Fax Times" does - fax a copy to every office/individual that wants it - except call it "Fax Indypendent" (or "The Portland Fax Indypendent").

Eventually, after the weekly paper is sucessful, and if it seems there would be a damand for it (both by the news readers and from the amount of news posted by indy-journalists), a daily paper could be created, possibly by creating a new print team for each day so that the existing one isn't overworked to death.

Good idea. Long live IndyMedia.

p.s. We (in general, not the indy-print team) might want to at the same time do everything we can to get people to dislike corporations and advertisements. The more success we have there, the less legitimate the corporate news media would seem.

print project 24.Dec.2003 10:30

indy volunteer

Yes, there is energy rising to restart the print project and make it more frequent. I would suggest that anyone that is interested in taking part should attend a general meeting in the near future to meet with others who are looking to take this on. Several other imc's have very successful print runs and portland could do the same; as with everything else it just takes people who have the inspiration to make it happen.

Cards 24.Dec.2003 13:33

George Bender

I agree that we need to spread the word. I suggest business cards. It's easy to carry around a stack of them in your pocket and give them to people, pass them out on the street, at public gatherings, leave them on cafe tables, etc. People are more likely to take a card than a sheet of paper because they can just stick it in their pocket. A sheet of paper is often refused because people have no convenient place to put it. If they do accept it, it's liable to end up in a stack of papers at home that "I'll get to sometime." Cards are also cheaper to produce and people are more likely to hang onto them.

When you're passing out info, it helps to wear a T-shirt or a sign that says what you're about. People are more likely then to take your stuff. Otherwise they often don't want to be bothered.


comment comment comment 24.Dec.2003 15:16

commentator

>What about IMC putting together a daily single sheet news letter and
>posting it here in pdf format? Volunteers (you and me) could use their
>office computers, paper, and copy machines (or even pay for it
>themselves) to run off enough to distribute in the workplace and on the
>streets. If it is attractive, readable, and persuasive it might do some
>good in reaching people who would otherwise remain uninformed.

This is, of course, a great idea. In practical terms, I've never seen a couple of volunteers try to put out a daily paper and get it done for any significant length of time, but so what? Give it a shot! Er, on the other hand, Portland Indymedia actually has no office, and thus no paper or copy machines, and only enough computers to make the web site work. The recent experiences of Seattle Indymedia seem to suggest that offices are often more trouble than they're worth, in terms of expense and other sorts of stress.

>I would suggest that anyone that is interested in taking part should attend a
>general meeting in the near future to meet with others who are looking to
>take this on.

For the non-psychics among us, PDX indymedia meetings are Saturdays at 5 p.m. at the Red&Black Cafe at SE 22nd Ave. & Division St.

Print project 25.Dec.2003 10:16

great idea

A daily sheet, a downloadable pdf, a weekly paper- these are all great ideas. I agree that Indymedia would do a great service to the wider community if the truth about Bush got out to more people. Go for it! (I'd use the downloadable thing, if there was one).

the best 25.Dec.2003 11:10

you can do

not to wait for somebody else to do it.

Also 25.Dec.2003 12:59

AJ

Also, cut n paste jobs on local and national message boards do nicely to get the word out. Cut and paste an article from here and include a link to indymedia. Simple, and the masses usually frequent cnn vh1 nbc etc. Some arent as stupid as others, they just need a small push in the right direction.

billboards , any one? 26.Dec.2003 13:15

Aunt Sam

Let them advertise for you. Billboard alterations can be most effective in let's say outer portland where they may not know yet about teh inner workings. If you want to get teh word out in abig way... if not think th ebest thing is to make up fake business card saying that you are an ImC journalist, go to sleezy bars and try to pick up sleezy people for mediocre sex in filthy nbathrooms. If you fail you can always give them your fake card with your anonymous email address.

Another great idea to getting the word out is to anounce to yur church that you got a new job as a news reporter.

Also I have found that when I take my bike to the car wash to get it detailed that striking up a flirtatious conversation about "down with bush" helps.


Talking to people is the best way.

Clique 26.Dec.2003 19:16

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Indymedia is wonderful, but it is mostly preaching to the choir. I have personally witnessed no evidence of any outreach to the larger community.

Nor is there any willingness to discuss things with those of us who haven't drunk the Kool-Aid.