ORIGINAL POST BY MOTHER
"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. "
From Joe Mickey
I agree, there appears to be a great deal of what could be usefule information for the general public. You have to think of your readership before you start passing out flyers.
Articles Need to have the actual names of the authors, It will be a great help also if prospective readers know the source of the information and any other places where the information can be confirmed.
Right or wrong, mainstream media puts names and faces to the published and broadcast material. Under the best of circumstances in journalism credit is made for sources of information and when journalism is at its best, when something is an assumption of the collected information but not a concrete conslusion then it is fair to give credible sources their say.
If you want outside the choir to pay attention then you have to respect their expectations or perceptions of the media...
If anything, its important to make every effort to be respectful of the desired readership and believe they would want to know the truth.