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HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN NEWSREAL DISCUSSIONS?

All producers, and future producers, should sign up to the imc-satellite@indymedia.org list. This is the main way we all communicate about this project. Just follow this link and look for the satellite project and follow the instructions on subscribing. Once you are subscribed you will receive all Newsreal e-mail messages and you can post messages to the discussion list.

WHO IS NEWSREAL'S AUDIENCE?

Newsreal is geared toward a general audience. Therefore it's important your segment is accessible to all types of viewers. Many viewers will know nothing about your subject, so make sure you provide appropriate background and context. Many producers do this by using text or a narration at the start of the segment to clearly outline the major issues. Try to keep this part creative and avoid the standard white text on a black background.

HOW ARE SEGMENTS CHOSEN FOR NEWSREAL EACH MONTH?

Segments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. To accommodate as many producers as possible in a monthly schedule, total running time for segments must be NO LONGER THAN 12 minutes.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A SEGMENT?

1) Decide which month will work best for your production schedule (see deadlines below).

2) Send the following information to the program coordinators to secure a slot
in the episode of your choice. The e-mail for the programming coordinators is: newsreal@indymedia.org.

Segment Title:
Total Running Time:†
Preferred Program Month to Run:†
Producer/Organization:†
Producer Website URL:†
Producer Contact Name:†
Producer Contact Email:†
Producer Phone Number:†
Producer Contact Mailing Address:†
[A mailing address and/or fax is important because we need to send you a FSTV contract. The contract is how you get paid $$$ for your segment.]†

Segment synopsis (one sentence describing the issue and action):

And if available also send:
Featured Activist Contact Name:†
Featured Activist Contact E-Mail:†
Featured Activist Phone Number:†
Featured Activist Website URL:

The programming coordinators will send you a confimation once they receive ALL the required information listed above.

3) It is very helpful if you can create a streaming video version of your segment. You can post this on your local IMC's site. This way, when you send your segment confirmation, the programming coordinator can see the segment BEFORE the deadline
to give feedback and suggestions. Producers can try and incorporate some of these suggestions before they send the final segment.†

Also, if you create a streaming version of your FINAL segment, we can post that in the archive section of this site.

WHAT KIND OF TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS DO YOU HAVE?

Segments should meet minimal technical requirements for broadcast television, i.e., have strong and consistent audio and video levels throughout, not too hot, not too high, not too low. Unless a conscious choice is made otherwise, segments should be easy to see and hear. Adequate lighting, external microphones and color balanced cameras are also recommended, but creative variations are also encouraged.†

WHAT VIDEO FORMATS DO YOU ACCEPT?
any of these 3 formats (in order of preferece):
  • a DVD-R or CD-R with a Quicktime DV file on it
  • a mini-DV tape (please put 60 seconds of bars and tone and then black before your piece)
  • a DVD


SHOULD I INCLUDE END CREDITS AND TITLE GRAPHICS FOR INTERVIEWEES?

Segments should come complete with all the graphics that a producer wants to use, including opening titles, lower thirds, and end credits. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Think of your segment as a very short, self-contained documentary. If you think it needs a title, you have to put one in. If you want to have credits, you need to include them yourself at the end of the segment. Also, be aware that your segment is one of 5 or 6 in the 30 minute program. So you might want to start it in a way that clearly distinguishes it from what precedes it. That might mean a simple title, or perhaps you'll come up with something more creative.†

Segments should be self-contained, and not require outside explanation. Producers are encouraged to show viewers what is happening, not just talking heads, and tell a story: who, what, where, when, and why.†

DO YOU ACCEPT RAW FOOTAGE OR MINIMALLY EDITED FOOTAGE?

No. Newsreal can only accept segments that meet the criteria detailed above. Segments must be able to stand on their own and be clear to the audience without any additional editing by Newsreal. If you send video that does not meet these requirements, it will not be used in Newsreal.

WHERE DO I SEND MY SEGMENT WHEN IT IS DONE?

Once you have finished editing your segment, you can send it in any of these 3 formats (in order of preferece):
  • a DVD-R or CD-R with a Quicktime DV file on it
  • a mini-DV tape (please put 60 seconds of bars and tone and then black before your piece)
  • a DVD
label both the tape/disc and the case with:
Segment Title
Your name
E-mail address and phone number
running time


Then send the tape to:
Indymedia Newsreal
attn: steev
P.O. Box 1105
Tucson, AZ 85702


If you plan on using FedEx they will not deliver to a P.O. Box, so use this address instead:†
Pan Left
attn: Newsreal
631 S. 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701



WILL I RECEIVE ANY MONEY FOR MY SEGMENT?

We pay producers for their segments. Each producer will receive $50 per segment. This money comes from Free Speech TV. In order to receive your payment, FSTV wants you to sign a contract. It is the same contract that all producers sign for FSTV. So at some point someone from FSTV will be sending you a contract by mail. Thatís why it is important to send all the contact information.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES EACH MONTH?

Each monthly program premieres on Free Speech TV on the first Thursday of each month.

Segment submission confirmations are due to the programming coordinators one month before the program premieres.

Segments are due to editors three weeks prior to the premiere date.

For example:
MARCH 2002 Program
segment confirmation: Thursday February 7
segments due to editors: Thursday February 14
premieres: Thursday March 7

last modified on Oct 2 2007

"information is
the currency
of democracy."
- Thomas Jefferson

In the latest edition of his groundbreaking book THE MEDIA MONOPOLY (Beacon Press, 2000), Ben Bagdikian reports that six multi-national conglomerates now dominate all media in the U.S. INDYMEDIA NEWSREAL hopes to turn the current TV info-tainment paradigm on its head.

On NEWSREAL, people -- not corporations -- make the news.

The European Newsreal is an independent media network of regional production and screening groups for the European wide distribution of videos covering issues ignored or distorted by the corporate media.


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