Two actually. We have a registration / orientation /
information space located in the Gigantic Art Space
(GAS), 59 Franklin St. in the Tribeca neighborhood of
New York City. The large, main Independent Media
Center is located four blocks away at 220 Church
St.,on the 13th floor.
What about the NYC-IMC on 29th St?
The regular NYC-IMC will be closed to the public for
the duration of the Republican Convention. Throughout
this FAQ, and between now and the beginning of
September, when we refer to “IMC” we’ll be talking
about the main space at 220 Church St.
I’m an independent media maker from out of town. What
do I do when I get to New York?
The first thing you’ll want to do is show up at the
registration center, 59 Franklin St. Once there,
you’ll register and be issued an independent media ID.
You need to hold onto this ID, and you’ll need to show
it every time you enter the Independent Media Center
Once you’ve registered, you can head over to 220
Church St., or just head out into the streets and
How do I get from the GAS registration desk to the
Independent Media Center?
There’s a map here (no link). We will also be providing maps at
How does registration work?
Everyone using the IMC needs to register. You can
register ahead of time, online, here.
You can also register in person at the GAS once you
get into New York. The more people who register
online, ahead of time, the better.
I hear that you’re charging $30 for registration. This
doesn’t seem fair. Shouldn’t making independent media
We think that making independent media should be as
close to free as humanly possible. We’re not out to
make money out of this convergence, and once you
register, use of everything else in the media center
is totally free. However, we’re expecting hundreds of
independent media makers to show up in the most
expensive city in the world, and infastructure costs
are running really high. You can see our proposed
Makes sense. But I’m low-income, and I’m afraid I
won’t be able to use the space …
Low-income media makers need only pay $15 for use of
the space. Please consider your financial situation
ahead of time, however, before you take the low-income
This all seems fair to me. But I need to be honest. I
have no money—literally, no money at all. What do I
No independent media maker who wants to use the space
will be turned away. Please contact us directly to let
us know this is why you have not sent in a payment so
that we can process that on our registration list and
to discuss other ways you can support the rnc-imc.
OK, I’ve registered. How long do I have access to the
main media space?
You’ll have 24-hr access to the main media space, from
August 27 – September 4. If you are in the city
earlier and want to help set up, let us know. Or,
email us at email@example.com
Can I sleep at the media space?
The main media space will be used for media-making
only, and there will be no storage or sleeping there.
I’m with the corporate media. Can I use your space for
media making? Or can I observe you working at the
space and write a story about you?
Members of the corporate media are welcome in the
space for tours at designated times, and are also
welcome for press conferences / events / etc. However,
the corporate media has its own media making resources
that we ask you to use. Only registered independent
media can use the Church St. media space for media
Can only members of “Indymedia” use the space?
No, in fact non-IMC media groups in New York have been
instrumental in preparing for the RNC.) We especially
welcome media groups from low income communities / and
communities of color.
I’m going to be doing a lot of media making outside
the main space. Can I?
We’re hoping that the Church St. space will be the
main hub for independent media in NYC. However, there
will be some satellite spaces around the city. There
are also tons of free wi-fi spots in New York. Go here
for more information.
Enough with all of this logistical nonsense! Lets talk
media making! What are photo / video / print / tech /
audio teams doing in New York?
For information on video, you should check out either
www.nycimcvideo.org or www.papertiger.org. Video will
be producing a one hour show every night of the
convention to be aired on MNN and FSTV. Anyone can
submit a segment for the show. Check the websites for
a segment form. Also we will be coordinating logging
and dubbing of the tapes at the main convergence
center for both legal purposes and to gather an
archive of footage that can be used for additional
video editing projects. Everyday there will be
caucuses for new people to plug into projects.
For details on the Sound Coalition's plans, and to
pick up the stream, click here. Radio reporters will
be producing a 24-hour, 7-day a week web stream of
convention protests. The show will be broadcast around
the world through web sites and FM stations. The show
schedule is open currently and a call is out to
participate in any way people would like to. People
can participate by contacting
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 718 247-4371
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.
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
What can I do between now and the time I get to New
Plenty. We’re still looking for help fundraising, so
please go out into your local community and help us
raise money and secure equipment (a lot of IMC’s have
helped with this already—thanks!!) We still need
computers, office supplies, a laminator, a fax
machine, and much more. You should also contact
members of your local activist community and figure
out their plans for the RNC.