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The process of posting your article to Southern Cascadia Indymedia is very simple. You will fill in a small amount of information about the article. Next, you will enter a brief summary of your article. Lastly, you will enter the body of your article in either plain text or HTML. You can optionally include one or more multi-media files such as pictures, audio or video.

Don't worry! After posting an article or two you will get the hang of it. If you need more help click here to send an e-mail message to the help list. A volunteer will help you.

Here is a step-by-step explanation of the publishing page process.

STEP 1: SELECT QUANTITY OF FILE ATTACHMENTS (OPTIONAL)

-Are you including multi-media files such as pictures, audio, video, pdf's or any other supported files?
YES:
- Enter the number of files you want to send along with your article in the white box.
- Click the update button. This will format the page so you can name and upload the files. (see Step 4)
NO: You don't need to anything with this field.


STEP 2: ENTER ARTICLE DATA
-(REQUIRED) TITLE: Enter a title that is clear and descriptive. This title will appear on the newswire as the title of the article. If your article is featured, this is most likely what it will be called also. Choose wisely.

-(REQUIRED) AUTHOR: Enter a name for the author. This can be anonymous or made up.

-(REQUIRED) SUMMARY: Enter a short summary of your article. Sometimes the first paragraph of your article will work well here. If the first paragraph is a good summary, do not include the first paragraph again when entering the article body in the next step. But, if you do, it's not the end of the world.

-(REQUIRED) ARTICLE BODY: Enter the body of the article. You may enter it in plain text or using HTML. You can not mix plain text and HTML. A common way of entering the article body is to write the article in another application on your computer and then copy and paste the text or HTML into the big white box.

-(OPTIONAL) FORMATTING OF ARTICLE: Click on the check box if your entire article is formatted in HTML. If you are not sure, leave this blank.

-(REQUIRED) TOPIC: Click on up to five (5) topic boxes. You should hold down the Control [ctrl] key while clicking to select multiple topics. To help other people make use of your article do not select more topics than are necessary.

-(OPTIONAL) LANGUAGE: Select the language of the article from the pull-down box. For american or english you do not have do anything here.

-(REQUIRED) REGION: Click on one reqion box. If you are unsure, check the most general box.

STEP 3: ENTER YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION (OPTIONAL)
All of the information in this section is optional. By entering the information your article will automatically have links that readers can use to send you an e-mail, go to your website, or call you on the telephone. Some people prefer to remain more anonymous, while other individuals and organizations want to add contact information.

-(OPTIONAL) E-MAIL ADDRESS: Enter your email address. For instance, president@whitehouse.gov or kinggeorge@empire.com.

-(OPTIONAL) WEBSITE ADDRESS: Enter the URL of your website. Enter this in the form http://www.mywebsite.com.

-(OPTIONAL) MAILING ADDRESS: Enter your postal mail address.

-(OPTIONAL) TELEPHONE NUMBER: Enter your telephone number.

STEP 4: CHOOSE FILE ATTACHMENTS (OPTIONAL)

In this section you fill out information about each multi-media or other file you want to send along with your article. The type of files you can send are (jpg, gif, mp3, rm, avi, qt and mpeg). The largest any one file can be is 20Mb. If there does not appear to be enough boxes for the number of files you are sending, go back and do STEP 1.

REPEAT THESE STEPS FOR EACH FILE YOU ARE UPLOADING.
-(OPTIONAL) SUB-TITLE: Enter a title for this file. This can be anything short and descriptive, like a caption on a picture.

-(REQUIRED) MEDIA FILE:
- Click the Browse.. button.
- Find the file you want to send from your hard drive.

STEP 5: PUBLISH!

Did you totally mess up the whole form?

YES:
- Click "Form Reset"
. Everything on the form will be cleared. Go back to STEP 1.
NO:
- Click "Submit".
You are all done! You did it! Your article is on its way to the open publishing newswire. Once you post on Portland Indymedia it can not be edited, name(s) removed, or corrected in any way. Double check all your work before you publish. Don't click this twice or you will post your article twice!