Editorial and Decision Making Policy

Editorial Policy:

1.The original Editorial Board is composed of the founding members.

2.Decisions and changes in the policy will be made by the Board, by consensus.

3.This board is responsible for the general direction of the site, but issues related to the Print and Photo, and potentially other, sections will be handled by separate boards devoted to those topics.

4.Members may belong to several boards.

5.The boards will meet weekly face to face to discuss major issues; we are looking at using an instant messenger program to facilitate a more flexible means of discussing editorial issues and allow participation by members of the collective who can\x92t regularly attend meetings in Yerevan

6.Editors are volunteers

7.A person can join any or all of the boards by asking at a meeting. After 3 more meetings, during which time the candidate can get a better idea of what being on the board entails and the board can get to know the candidate, there will be a decision by consensus. Volunteers can attend meetings without necessarily being a board member, but they can\x92t vote.

8.Board members missing 2 meetings without reason will be taken under review.

9.Removing a member of the board: a member may be removed, by consensus, for serious dereliction of duty, failing to be objective in editing posts, etc.

10.The Print Department:

a.Open publishing: people will be able to post directly to the site, these posts will be available to the public immediately, but subject to removal by editors.

b.Grounds for removal: post fails to respect the right to anonymity, post is racist, sexist, fascist, etc, overly-biased, inaccurate, or irrelevant.

c.Photographs and images may not be placed as text; any post linking to a photo or image will be reviewed before going online.

d.The censure of an item may be contested by another editor \x96 in that case, an email will go around to the group and the post will have to be discussed and voted on by the editorial board.

11.Photo Dept:

a.Will not allow open publishing. All photos will be reviewed by an editor before going online. To facilitate the rapid dispersal of news, a photo editor will be online at all times to review photos as they come in. This policy is in place to protect the anonymity of persons in the photographs, if they are engaged in illegal activity, or activity that might bring reprisal from police or government officials, or otherwise endanger them.

b.If a newsworthy photo is posted but fails to respect the right to anonymity, then the editor will obscure the faces in the picture by blurring them or adding black bars, and then post it.

c.The photo policy will be under regular review, with the goal of removing all restraints, so that it will be as open as the open publishing policy of the print dept. As of now, however, the collective would like to at least go through a protective trial period.

12.A version of the Print and Photo regulations will be posted on the site, and must be read and agreed to by a poster before uploading an article or picture.

13.Editors will be in contact via email and instant messenging services, Duties will be rotated as best as possible to have several editors, speaking several languages, available at all necessary times.

14.Features: an item may be nominated for inclusion in the center column by an editor \x96 an email will be sent out the other editors in the dept.; if no one blocks the nomination within 12 hours, the item will be placed in the features column.

15.All of this is, of course, a work in progress. All decisions will be by consensus; all proceedings transparent.

Decision-making Policy

1.All decisions will be taken by consensus.

2.Decisions regarding specific aspects of Indymedia.Armenia are to be decided first by the Boards; ie, Photo policy is regulated by the Photo Board, unless members of the larger collective have issues with them.

3.In that case, the general board, which includes the Editorial Board as well as the separate editorial departments in its membership, will discuss and vote.

4. Membership on the boards and thus decision-making power, is open to all members, and volunteers may be members of more than one board.

5.Everyone, however, has only one vote.

6.The process for joining a board is laid out in the Editorial Policy.

7.Board members will be notified of important votes/issues by mass email, instant messenger, or at meetings, which they are expected to attend.

8.Votes may be conducted at face to face meetings, via messenger programs, or via email (if no one dissents within 12 hours, as in the feature-approval section of the editorial policy, consensus is assumed) as the situation warrants.

-- ClarA - 07 Jul 2004
Topic revision: r3 - 12 Sep 2005, GarconDuMonde
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