Sheffield Indymedia Membership Criteria Response

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IMC MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA - DRAFT

Each IMC and Global Working Group is expected to:

a. Agree in spirit to the NIMC MissionStatement and PrinciplesOfUnity,

We agree in spirit to the NIMC MissionStatement and PrinciplesOfUnity.

b. Have a committed membership substantial enough to sustain a functional IMC,

We have been running Sheffield Indymedia, http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/ since 2003 and have a core committed membership of around 8 activists

c. Have open and public meetings (no one group can have exclusionary "ownership" of an IMC),

All meetings are advertised on the email list and on Alt-Sheff, http://alt-sheff.org.uk/ and therefore on the Alt-Sheff listing on the front page of Sheffield Indymedia, meeting notes are sent to the email list and in addition we try to remember to document tham all here: ImcUkSheffieldMeetings

d. Work toward developing a local Mission Statement or Statement of Purpose. Network Mission Statement may be adopted or used on an interim basis,

We have a long standing mission statement here: SheffieldMissionStatement and here http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/static/mission

e. Establish and publish an editorial policy which is developed and functions through democratic process, and with full transparency,

Our editorial guidelines can be found here ImcUkSheffieldEditorial and here http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/static/editorial our editorial decisions are taken on our open email list and at our open meetings.

f. Agree to the use of Open Publishing as described in the NIMC Editorial Policy [editorial collective comments: "We did agree that the term "Open Publishing" was one that is still being defined by the Global Network Collective, and we would wait and see what the results were before rewriting this criteria],

We use and will continue to use Open Publishing.

g. Adopt a decision-making policy that is in alignment with consensus principles which include open, transparent and egalitarian processes,

We have a decision-making policy that is in alignment with consensus principles which include open, transparent and egalitarian processes, see ImcUkSheffieldDecisionMaking

h. Have a spokesperson(s) willing and capable of participating in the global decision-making process and meetings as a rotating liaison/representative, with a clear understanding of the responsibilities that come with this role,

We have a spokesperson, sheffield@indymedia.org.

i. Participate in the key IMC Network Communication Methods that pertain to the health and vitality of the Network and that contribute to the work of the IMC. Assure that at least one person from your local IMC participates at any given time on the IMC-Communication list,

We have at least one person on the IMC-Communication list.

j. (NOT FINALIZED): Have no official affiliation with any political party, state or candidate for office (comments: but individual producers have freedom to do whatever they like and local IMCs can "feature" stories about various political parties and initiatives),

We have no official affiliation with any political party, state or candidate for office.

k. IMCs shall in no way engage in commercial for-profit enterprises. [We could add: The IMCN is committed to the decommercialization of information and will disassociate from any local IMC that decides to become a for profit media corporation.]

We do not engage in commercial for-profit enterprises and are committed to the decommercialisation of information.

l. Display a "local version" of the IMC "i" logo on your website and literature.

We do display a "local version" of the IMC "i" logo on our website and literature.

m. Include the IMC Network current "Cities List" on your site, preferably on the front page.

We do include the IMC Network current "Cities List" on our front page.
Topic revision: r1 - 28 Apr 2011, ChrisC
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