Press Release on RNC Convergence Space-Aug.
Location, Opening Party and More!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York City Grassroots Media Coalition (NYC-GMC) is pleased to
announce that it has secured an Independent Media Center (IMC)
workspace for use during this summer’s Republican National Convention
in New York. “Come the end of August,” says Ana Noguieria, an organizer
with the NYC-GMC, “the corporate media will be wined, dined, and
massaged by Republicans convention-goers inside Madison Square Garden.
At the same time, though, our Independent Media Center will allow media
makers from New York City and elsewhere to document the mass protests
against the RNC.”
The Gigantic Art Space (GAS) at 59 Franklin St, New York, NY will serve
as the “front-house” infoshop and independent journalist registration
center. The Grassroots Media Coalition has also obtained a large media
workspace located at 220 Church St. “We’re expecting hundreds of
independent journalists to descend on New York to cover protests
against the RNC,” says Chris Anderson of the New York City Independent
Media Center. “Thanks to the hard work and generosity of ordinary
people across the across the country, our Church St. IMC will give them
not only somewhere to go but also technological resources to use
throughout convention week.”
According to the New York City Grassroots Media website, “the media
convergence space will be the central hub of independent media
production efforts during the Republican National Convention. Within
the space, there will be areas for collaborative group projects and
shared and rotating workspaces available to all registered independent
During the RNC week, production will be in full swing at the main media
workspace. Radio reporters will be producing a 24-hour, 7-day a week
web stream of convention protests, a web stream that will also be
broadcast around the world via web sites and FM stations
(http://nyc.nysindy.org/sound). The New York City Independent Media
Center website (http://nyc.indymedia.org) will feature breaking news
from the streets of New York, as well as in-depth coverage of every
aspect of the Republican Convention. Video activists will produce a
one-hour RNC show every night of the convention, “UnConventional TV,”
which will be aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free
Speech TV (FSTV) (see http://www.nycimcvideo.org or
http://www.papertiger.org). And journalists with the Indypendent, New
York’s free bi-weekly, have just published their latest RNC-related
issue. They're running 200,000 copies of it, believed to be the largest
print run in decades by any radical grassroots newspaper in the U.S.
The Indypendent is also planning on two RNC issues during the week of
the convention that will have press runs of 50,000.
Convergence center organizers are currently finalizing plans for media
tours and press events at the 220 Church St. convergence space;
additional details will be passed along to media organizations shortly.
Founded in 2000, the New York Independent Media Center is part a global
network of community-based media centers whose members believe that
news and information should not be bought, packaged, or sold for
profit. New York Indymedia is an open membership organization that
encourages people to “become the media” by reporting on their community
and issues about which they care.
Founded in 1981, Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit,
volunteer video collective. Through the production and distribution of
our public access series, media literacy/video production workshops,
community screenings and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to challenge
and expose the corporate control of mainstream media.